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I am experimenting the use of the Garamond Premier Pro font for a dissertation and I still would like to keep the URL information in the bibliography when available. Obviously, there's a font problem since the typewriter family through \texttt does not really fit well. Would you have a suggestion to fix or improve this?

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Do you really need to use a typewriter font for the URL? It is a common choice, but nothing makes it compulsory and perhaps would you be better off with a humanist sans serif contrasting font or something like that. I doubt a monospaced font would ever look good besides an old-style serif like Garamond. – ienissei May 26 '12 at 16:10
yes, you are right, this could be changed. I'll have a look at how this can be achieved. – pluton May 26 '12 at 17:08
Are you using XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX? – egreg May 27 '12 at 10:22
I am using XeLaTeX – pluton May 27 '12 at 14:28
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Your URL font does not seem to fit well with Garamond because the letter has a small x-height (height of lowercase letters like "a, c, e"). I suggest to use a sans serif or typewriter font which either has about the same x-height as Garamond or can be scaled via a LaTeX package -- Helvetica (with the helvet package) is an example of the latter.

As I don't own Garamond Premier Pro, the following example shows how to scale Helvetica so that its x-height about matches that of Times (mathptmx package).






Some text in roman \textsf{and sans serif.}


Times' x-height: \the\fontdimen5\font


Helvetica's x-height: \the\fontdimen5\font


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Thanks. I could probably directly achieve this with the proper definition of the sans-serif font with XeLaTeX. – pluton May 28 '12 at 13:16

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