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I am currently using \underline{...} to underline text.

However, I want the underline to be closer to the letters (as of now, there's too much whitespace between the letters and the line). Is there a simple way to do this?

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I try to use \ul{български} - with cyrillic letters under utf8 but it does not work. Any suggestions? – user22362 Nov 20 '12 at 20:44
@NikolayKirov I converted the non-answer to a comment. Perhaps consider to post a fresh question. – Stefan Kottwitz Nov 20 '12 at 20:47
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\underline{<stuff>} underlines a box containing <stuff>. However, this also implies that <stuff> with descenders pushes the underline lower. \smash{<stuff>} removes any depth (and height) from <stuff>, allowing for the regular non-descender depth of the underline:


Alternatively, the soul package provides underlining features. Here's a minimal example:

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\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}% Just for this example
\usepackage{soul}% http://ctan.org/pkg/soul
The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. \par
\underline{The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.} \par
\underline{\smash{The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.}}

\setul{5pt}{.4pt}% 5pt below contents
\ul{The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.} \par
\setul{1pt}{.4pt}% 1pt below contents
\ul{The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.} \par

See the soul package documentation (section 4 Underlining, p 11 onward) for more information regarding settings and underlining control.

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soul's also recommendable because it allows for hyphenation, as opposed to \underline. All apart from the fact that underlining is usually frowned upon as a remnant of typewriter "typography". – doncherry Apr 3 '12 at 21:16

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