Version 3 is now the current version of MathJax. This document is for version 2.
MathJax Font Support¶
MathJax currently supports the following fonts:
- MathJax TeX (default)
- STIX General
- Asana Math
- Neo Euler
- Gyre Pagella
- Gyre Termes
- Latin Modern
MathJax contains customized webfont versions of these fonts. In particular, these customized versions are split over several files to minimize the page load.
Since browsers do not provide APIs to access font metrics, MathJax has to ship with the necessary font data; this font data is generated during development and cannot be generated on the fly. In addition, most fonts do not cover the relevant characters for mathematical layout. Finally, some fonts (e.g. Cambria Math) store important glyphs in special variant portions of the font, which require special handling to access from within a browser. These are the main reasons why MathJax is unable to support arbitrary fonts at this time.
Page authors can configure their font preference for each output format separately, see HTML-CSS output processor and SVG output processor. MathJax will download the necessary webfonts and fontdata dynamically and only those files necessary for the content.
For the HTML-CSS output, MathJax will download webfonts in the appropriate webfont format (depending on the client browser); for the SVG output, MathJax will download path data that corresponds to the fonts.
The HTML-CSS output processor will prefer
locally installed copies of the webfonts to minimize page load. Page authors
can set a preference via the
preferredFont options and they can configure the webfont via the
webFont option. Please note that except for STIX General, the usual
distributions of the supported fonts do not work for technical reasons. You can
download the webfonts from the MathJax repository.
The SVG output processor will not use fonts
directly but rather uses derived SVG path data to draw paths
corresponding to characters. The page author can configure the font
There is currently no method for switching fonts after MathJax has loaded. Similarly, page users cannot change the font configuration at this time except by installing their preferred fonts locally.
No font contains a suitable glyph for every character specified in the Unicode standard. When MathJax encounters a character the configured font does not support, it will fall back to other fonts in a variety of ways.
First, MathJax enhances Unicode coverage of its default TeX fonts,
e.g., combining two double integrals
U+222C when a quadrupel integral
U+2A0C is used. However, this cannot create every character specified
in Unicode. Next, MathJax will run through a fallback chain within the
configured fonts (e.g., upright Greek will be substituted with italic Greek).
Finally, MathJax will ask the browser to provide the glyph from a system
font. Since in that final case, MathJax will not have the necessary data on the
glyph’s bounding box, MathJax will guess these metrics; this can negatively
affect layout and rendering speed.
Adding new fonts¶
As mentioned, MathJax needs pre-generated font data to support a fonts. This font data can be generated using the MathJax development tools.
Mixing multiple fonts is currently not supported. We hope to add support in the future.