# Capital letter expanded letter space kerning

I am using the following code

\usepackage{microtype,textcase}
\textls*[110]{\textbf{\MakeUppercase{Specialties}}}


I would like to achieve even letter spacing. Unfortunately, the kerning of the "ALT" is not good. Is there any way to make this better (even spacing)?

Edit: One thing that improves the letter spacing between the L and T is to do

\usepackage{microtype,textcase}
\textls*[110]{\textbf{\MakeUppercase{Specia{l}{t}ies}}}


but the A and the L are still too far apart. Also, I am using this code as a command with the "Specialties" part being an argument. It would be nice to have a solution to make the letter spacing even without having to do tricks like this.

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Something you could try is adjusting the kerning between L and T with SetExtraKerning as in mhp's answer here: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/4062/… –  Philippe Goutet Aug 18 '11 at 13:02

Although "not good" may be very subjective, I would suggest encompassing any faulty kerning letters with {.}. This should reduce or eliminate the automatic effects of kerning.

Another letter spacing alternative is provided by the soul package. The following minimal example illustrates the differences/similarities:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{microtype}
\usepackage{soul}

\sodef\myspace{}{.2em}{1em plus1em}{2em plus.1em minus.1em}% User-defined letter spacing

\begin{document}

\textls*[110]{\textbf{\MakeUppercase{Special{t}ies}}}

\so{\textbf{\MakeUppercase{Specialties}}}

\myspace{\textbf{\MakeUppercase{Special{t}ies}}}

\end{document}​


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I was using the soul package initially but switched to microtype; they seem to give similar results. Putting a letter in {.} helps a lot. Out of curiosity, is there any way to take an argument specialties and convert it to {S}{P}{E}{C}{I}{A}{L}{T}{I}{E}{S}? –  Justin J Stark Aug 5 '11 at 16:37