I'm trying to set a fallback font for variable-pitch face.

More specifically, my current setup is:

  • Default font set to JuliaMono with size 15 via (set-frame-font "JuliaMono 15" nil t).
  • Fallback font for hangul (Korean) via (set-fontset-font t 'hangul (font-spec :name "D2Coding")).
  • Variable pitch face set to EB Garamond with size 19 via (set-face-attribute 'variable-pitch nil :font "EB Garamond" :height 190).

Is there a way to specifically add a new font used for Korean for variable pitch face (I'm trying to use Noto Serif CJK KR)? https://idiocy.org/emacs-fonts-and-fontsets.html only points to setting fallback fonts for different languages, and not face-specific.

Edit I spent the whole afternoon trying this--it is driving me mad!

I'm setting the default fonts following this and this:

(add-to-list 'after-make-frame-functions #'set-default-fonts)
(defun set-default-fonts (_)
  (set-face-attribute 'default nil :font "JuliaMono 15")
  (set-fontset-font "fontset-default" 'hangul (font-spec :family "D2Coding"))
  (setq face-font-rescale-alist '(("D2Coding" . 1.2))))

Rescaling "D2Coding" is to make a single monospaced Korean letter correspond to two monospaced alphabets. The (add-to-list ...) part is to make it work with emacs --daemon.

I'm trying to use mixed-pitch package to achieve variable pitch mode default in Org mode, so:

(use-package mixed-pitch
  :ensure t
  (org-mode . mixed-pitch-mode)
  (setq mixed-pitch-set-height t)
   'variable-pitch nil :font "fontset-myvariable"))

where the custom fontset "fontset-myvariable" is set via:

  (font-spec :family "EB Garamond"
         :size 19
         :registry "fontset-myvariable")))
 'hangul (font-spec :family "Noto Serif CJK KR" :size 19))

With this, (EB Garamond in variable pitch face + English) & (D2Coding in fixed with + Korean) works great, but (variable pitch face + Korean) is in D2Coding not Noto Serif CJK KR.

1 Answer 1


You can create your own fontset with EB Garamond as the default font and Noto Serif CJK KR as the hangul font, and then assign that to the :font attribute of variable-pitch.

According to the docs:

     The font used to display the face.  Its value should be a font
     object or a fontset.  [...]

What strangely seems to work for me is setting both :font and :fonset:

  (font-spec :family "EB Garamond"
             :size 19
             :registry "fontset-variable")))

(set-fontset-font "fontset-variable" 'hangul
                  (font-spec :family "Noto Serif CJK KR"
                             :size 19
                             :registry "iso10646-1"))

(set-face-attribute 'variable-pitch nil
                    :font "fontset-variable" :fontset "fontset-variable")

My Emacs is:

GNU Emacs 29.0.50 (build 1, x86_64-apple-darwin21.5.0, NS appkit-2113.50 Version 12.4 (Build 21F79)) of 2022-07-25
  • Thank you for the help, but I can't make Noto Serif CJK KR as the hangul font--it only shows in D2Coding. I updated the post to show my setup...
    – Jay Lee
    Jul 25, 2022 at 15:34
  • What happens if you use (set-face-attribute 'variable-pitch nil :fontset "fontset-myvariable") (i.e., :fontset instead of :font)?
    – d125q
    Jul 25, 2022 at 16:23
  • Unfortunately, EB Garamond won't show up as well with :fontset.
    – Jay Lee
    Jul 25, 2022 at 17:55
  • The problem even happens when I try to set-fontset-font to other languages, e.g., 'greek. So basically the font is stuck with the one created with (create-fontset-... (font-xlfd-name (font-spec ...).
    – Jay Lee
    Jul 25, 2022 at 18:00
  • Please try setting both :font and :fontset, as per my edit.
    – d125q
    Jul 25, 2022 at 19:39

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