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Using the Termes font in a large dictionary project, the open parenthesis and lower case Roman j glyphs are often in contact, and my proofreader has asked me to fix the problem, which she calls a "crash". I've tried inserting a small space manually in these places, but I wonder if there's another solution. Italics are not involved, so I see that italic correction will not work, but perhaps there is something similar for inappropriate touching between ( and j?

The text is raggedright; I'd prefer not to make any substantial changes to the rest of the code.

Example:

\usepackage{tgtermes}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
...
to inlay (\tiny{~}\normalsize jewels
to inlay (jewels
...

enter image description here

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This should probably be reported to the developers of the TeX Gyre fonts. \kern.1em would probably be better than \tiny{~}\normalfont, however. –  egreg Jun 26 '12 at 15:36
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\tiny does not take an argument so (\tiny{~}\normalsize j would be better written as ({\tiny~}j but better still would be something like (\kern0.1em j so it automatically adjusted to the current font size. The more automatic (but more involved) version would be to modify or make a vf file that adjusted the font metrics to add a kern. (I think xetex or luatex could do this without making a vf file) –  David Carlisle Jun 26 '12 at 15:39
    
@egreg: Sorry, but how do I report an issue to the font developers? –  brannerchinese Jun 26 '12 at 16:09
    
The documentation says to contact Bogusław Jackowski: B_Jackowski AT gust DOT org DOT pl –  egreg Jun 26 '12 at 16:30
    
@egreg: Done; thanks. –  brannerchinese Jun 26 '12 at 18:31
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The solution, provided by @egreg and @David Carlisle in comments, is to use

(\kern0.1em j

Works like a dream; actually exactly like a dream. Here's a comparison of the outputs; the manual kerning is second.

enter image description here

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