# How to get proper kerning with XeTeX and special characters?

I would love to switch to XeTeX to make use of my professional Adobe fonts that were shipped with Creative Suite 6.

I use MikTeX on a Win 8 machine, and TeXniXcenter + XeTeX.

However, kerning seems to an issue, especially with special characters, in my case German Umlaute.

Spacing seems wrong, at least for characters W+ü. Actually, on a sidenote, I don't understand why -- does not give me a long dash...

Here is my MWE (UTF8) and a screenshot showing the wrong kerning:

\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont{Minion Pro}
\usepackage{listings}
\begin{document}

Wäre -- Könnte -- Wüste

\end{document}


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 Add the option Mapping= tex-text to the font specification to enable the translation of en- and emdashes. Furthermore, it seems that only some glyphs like ä and à show this bad kerning, while á and (normal) a work fine. – hakaze Feb 13 at 16:18 I think it is still this problem: tug.org/mailman/htdig/xetex/2011-February/019956.html. And tex.stackexchange.com/questions/45460/… – Ulrike Fischer Feb 13 at 16:39 Yes, it is the same problem! Can get marked as duplicate. – Martin Betz Feb 13 at 17:02 This should be fixed in the development version of XeTeX already, which (hopefully) will be available in the next TeX Live. – Khaled Hosny Feb 13 at 17:18