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Some fonts have been reported to produce wrong characters with preview-latex. preview-latex calls Dvips by default with the option ‘-Pwww’ in order to get scalable fonts for nice results. If you are using antialiasing, however, the results might be sufficiently nice with bitmapped fonts, anyway. You might try ‘-Ppdf’ for another stab at scalable fonts, or other printer definitions. Use
M-x customize-variable <RET> preview-fast-dvips-command <RET>
M-x customize-variable <RET> preview-dvips-command <RET>
in order to customize this.
One particular problem is that several printer setup files (typically in a file called ‘/usr/share/texmf/dvips/config/config.pdf’ if you are using the ‘-Ppdf’ switch) contain the ‘G’ option for ‘character shifting’. This option will result in ‘fi’ being rendered as ‘£’ (British Pounds sign) in several fonts, unless your version of Dvips has a long-standing bug in its implementation fixed (only very recent versions of Dvips have).
This document was generated by Ralf Angeli on January 13, 2013 using texi2html 1.82.