The apostrophe in Adobe’s Minion Pro font has a kerning that is much too tight for typesetting French, where sequences of letters like l’a or d’e or j'a are common.
One solution I found is to wrap the apostrophe in a box, which prevents kerning with surrounding elements and gives a much nicer result:
(regular kerning is at the top, with my workaround below). I can redefine the “nice apostrophe”, a.k.a. U+2019, a.k.a. right single quotation mark, by the following command:
However, this doesn't work for the regular ASCII apostrophe, U+0027. So, how do you suggest I change that (in a way that doesn't affect the working of
' as a prime in math mode)? It would be an added bonus if the solution could avoid breaking hyphenation…