{kerning} is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result.

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How to globally add kerning between f and right parenthesis using TeX Gyre Termes?

I'm using TeX Gyre Termes as text font. On 2nd level enumerations, in the label corresponding to the letter f, the upper loop of the letter touches the upper tip of the right parenthesis, as ...
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Kerning and ligatures in upright math font with unicode-math

How can I get the kerning and ligatures of text mode in an upright math font with the unicode-math package loaded? 1. Without unicode-math Code: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} ...
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LaTeX kerning decisions

In his answer to this question, our friend @egreg explains: It happens that certain combination of letters have “bad” spacing. I have noticed this too. As I understand it, LaTeX is supposed to ...
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How to properly typeset footnotes/superscripts after punctuation marks?

I find the spacing of footnote marks after punctuation marks quite unsatisfactory, especially with sans serif fonts and compared to the spacing after letters. Example follows: I came up with a ...
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How to reduce space between words in gsm package

I used gms package (a special package of AMS, provided for their Graduate Studies in Maths serie) to write a math book. I got a problem with space, and then I want to narrow a line by reduce the ...
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CM fonts kerning in math superscripts

Using CM fonts with either a traditional engine or XeTeX, an expression such as $D^rf$ produces too much space between the r and the f in the output. It's easy to fix manually by inserting a \!. ...
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After updating to MacTeX 2013, font size and kerning of Monotype Corsiva are strange

I knew I probably shouldn't have upgraded, being not very experienced, I always have to wade through strange errors. However, this is really weird. Here's my example: %!TEX TS-program = lualatex ...
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Which common LaTeX Fonts come prepackaged with specific settings for Microtype?

For anyone interested in achieving the very best microtypography: Some fonts apparently come with microtype specific settings, other fonts don't, in which case microtype applies "Default" settings ...
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Kerning super- and subscripts “semantically”

I want to know if it's possible to change how LaTeX typesets superscripts and subscripts (separately, that is, not both at once) for an element where the default kerning doesn't cut it for me. Some ...
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Bad camelCase kern [duplicate]

What is the correct/best way to display camelCase such that an incorrect kern is not automatically applied between the words in the string? For example in the camelCase string: largestOfTwo The ...
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Tests for checking kerning and sidebearings

To test the kerning and sidebearings of digital fonts, Bringhurst suggests the following methods: To check the sidebearings typeset consecutive pairs of letters and check the symmetry. For the ...
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Kerning and ligatures in TeX without TeX

I am trying to get the same output as in this answer by topskip (an extended version with comments is presented in the TeX without TeX article). I am getting a paragraph consisting of 6 lines with ...
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Can Microtype Change the Kerning Between a Dot or Comma and a Footnotemark?

Relatet to this question: Is it possible to change the kerning between a punctuation mark and a footnotemark with microtype (or any other kerning-method)? (I know of package fnpct, but I would rather ...
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How can I use long identifiers in math mode with correct kerning?

I often write formulas with long identifier names. To get the kerning right I have to put the identifiers into \textit or something similar. For example this looks wrong: $\forall x \in Foo: \; ...
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How can I slightly offset each character to acheive a movable-type letterpress look?

The lines of text in traditionally printed books aren't perfectly straight due to "wiggle room" between characters in the printing press. Can I create this effect with Latex? I'm fine with an ugly ...
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How to adjust given lines automatically

Some of you may know the FlipBeamertheme by Phillip Tanedo (http://www.physics.uci.edu/~tanedo/files/code/FlipBeamerTemplate.pdf) I like the style of it's title. Tanedo used a picture: All three ...
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Beamer with xltxtra: colliding characters in equation

I'm typesetting beamer with XeLaTeX. In equations, variable characters collide with their superscripts. Also, the parenthesised variable looks somewhat off-set – too far to the right. It looks good ...
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Spacing issues with T1 libertine and listings

Consider the MWE \documentclass{article} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{libertine} \usepackage{listings} \lstset{ columns=[l]flexible, breaklines, % fontadjust, keepspaces, ...
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title page “sharpness” (for lack of a better word)

I've noticed a very small yet perceptible difference between the title pages I produce and some that I've stumbled across. Using the standard \maketitle command and filling in the standard author, ...
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Is there a way to disable kerning of punctuation marks globally?

I use the font XCharter in my document. Unfortunately, I get undesired kerning of punctuation marks following capital letters like W, P and T – especially in the bibliography (biblatex). Is there a ...
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Fixing overlap between parenthesis and integral limit

I'm using the following snippet widely in one of my articles: \begin{equation} \left(\int\limits_{U_{s}}f(x)dx\right)^{2} \end{equation} As you can see, there's a small overlap that is slightly ...
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Generating ligature from the encoding file

I have an encoding file with some tex encoding, I have to use the ligature and kerning instruction for the encoding to make a replacement two char into a single ligature. It looks like the following: ...
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How to kern small caps with italics or regular characters?

Theoretical question Why are small caps and italics of the same typeface treated as if they were absolutely different (and, as a consequence, they aren't properly kerned)? I know no —so to speak— ...
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Can one change the (ugly) MinionPro apostrophe kerning value with a macro?

If we compare these three text lines Linné's naming scheme. {Linné'}s naming scheme. {{Linné}'}s naming scheme. typeset them in MinionPro, and look at the final pdf we note that only the last ...
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Increasing the kerning around ' (apostrophe) but not inside the " (double quote) in microtype?

The microtype package (with kerning=true) allows to use \SetExtraKerning [ unit = space ] { encoding = {OT1,T1,LY1} }{ ' = {500, 400} } to increase the kerning before (500) and after (400) the ...
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Disabling ligatures also disables kerning

I am using Adobe Minion Pro (mostly because of its maths support), but I don't want to use the 'Th' ligature. This decision is based on guidance from Bringhurst's Elements of Typographic Style. I ...
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Victory symbol in Salamanca

In Salamanca, Spain, it was customary when you finished your PhD degree in the city's University ---which is one of the oldest in Europe--- to write in the wall a kind of graffiti, as shown here: ...
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Too narrow kerning with xeCJK

I'm trying to typeset Japanese using xelatex and the xeCJK package. For some reason, small kana cause odd kerning in the text. In the following example, I get too narrow spacing between two small ...
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Poor Kerning in pdfLaTeX output, am I doing something wrong?

Just for the sake of clarity I'm using Linux Mint 17, with TeX Live. I'm using TeXworks to edit my TeX code. Here is the LaTeX code I'm using: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} Very Keen Katz ...
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W Small Cap + dot kerning

How can I change the kerning of specific small caps, specifically w and v in combination with dot and comma? With XeTeX, I found out how to change upper and lowercases, but no luck with small caps ...
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Can I declare a new automatic kern for “eV” without modifying font metrics?

The "eV" (electronvolt) unit and its variants ("MeV", "GeV", "TeV", ...) are heavily used in nuclear and particle physics. By default Computer Modern and other common TeX fonts do not contain a ...
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adjusting symbols above letter in mathmode

I know there are plenty of similar questions. If you check out the lower picture, you can see that i've tried a bunch of things to solve my problem. That's just one picture...i'm kind of obsessed with ...
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Kerning on the boundary between mathmode and textmode

Consider the following code: If $x ∈ X$, then $y ∈ Y$.. When it is rendered by TeX, the space between “X” and “,” and similary between “Y” and “.” seems to be too big. Is there any problem with ...
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Capital letter expanded letter space kerning

I am using the following code \usepackage{microtype,textcase} \textls*[110]{\textbf{\MakeUppercase{Specialties}}} I would like to achieve even letter spacing. Unfortunately, the kerning of the ...
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Differences regarding kerning and ligaturing when using the MacTex2013 and MacTeX2014 versions of LuaLaTeX with .ttc fonts

This posting is a follow-up to the postings Can't generate ligatures with LuaLaTeX under TeXLive 2014 when using certain fonts and LuaLaTeX, fontspec, .ttc fonts and kerning (Optima on Mac OS). I have ...
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Poor kerning with adjacent uppercase variables in math mode

I want to lay out a sequence of adjacent variables in math-mode with reasonable spacing between the letters. But LaTeX produces output which (to me) is "obviously wrong": \documentclass{article} ...
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Spacing/Kerning of footnotes before and after punctation

I would like to change the space/kerning between footnotes and punctations. Please see my MWE for explanation. MWE: \documentclass [] {scrbook} \begin{document} \setcounter{footnote}{70} A sentence ...
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Visually appealing subscripts with `\intercal`

From this discussion (What is the best symbol for vector/matrix transpose?) I like to use \intercal for matrix/vector tranpose symbol. However, when subscripts get involved it gets ugly: MWE: ...
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setting kerning for a glyph and a ligature

How can one specify in PL-file the kerning for a glyph and a ligature (say, digit and en-dash) except for setting it for the first part of the ligature (which I would like to avoid)?
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Can I automatically adjust the vertical alignment of square brackets in text?

Many roman and sans serif fonts, and the default LaTeX fonts in particular, seem to have a thing with square brackets: they descend a long distance below the baseline, probably in order to "catch" ...
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How to define command like "| (german) for greek language? --: allowhyphens, noligature, minimal space

For my polutonikogreek documents I want to use commands/shortcuts like the "| of germanb.ldf, which is ...
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LuaLaTeX, fontspec, .ttc fonts and kerning (Optima on Mac OS)

I'm probably missing something obvious. I'm using MacTeX 2014. I want to use the font Optima that ships with the Mac OS (10.8.5) -- it is a .ttc font. If I typeset the following TeX file I get no ...
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XeLaTeX seems to perform no kerning, here. Why?

For some reason, XeTeX isn't providing any kerning no matter font I use. The font I want to use is Goudy Old Style, which looks like this: However, I also tried it with Garamond: And here it is ...
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Kerning and long subscripts or superscripts

For really long sub(super)scripts, does it look bad to decrease the kerning? i.e. \lim_{n\to\infty}{\dfrac{1}{s_n^2}\sum_{i=1}^n \int_{|x-\mu_i|>\varepsilon s_n} (x-\mu_i)^2f_i(x)dx}=0 ...
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Change vertical space in overset

How can I decrease the space in overset? I found this solution online, but it doesn't look quite like the original overset (note I know it is difficult to come up with a solution to handle all cases ...
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Spacing & sizing with libertine and newtxmath

I'm using the following setup for the Libertine font: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[lining]{libertine} \usepackage[libertine, cmintegrals]{newtxmath} \begin{document} ...
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KOMA, bad typography

Ok, I have no typographical knowledge, but this: just looks wrong to me, intuitively. The spacing between the 't' and the 'u' in "Einleitung" seems clearly too wide, imho. That's the code ...
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Restore kerning across empty groups

Context In my document, I attach a tooltip to the middle part of a word. To demonstrate this behavior, try mousing over just the letter V in the word AVA. Here is the implementation and usage of my ...
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Padding underscore with right space

I am using the times package and when using an underscore _ before an italicized upper case character it overlaps. Is it possible to pad the underscore with a small amount of space to the right, or ...
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Micro-Typography with Luatex

Since I wanted to use Opentype with Latex, I had to go with Luatex and consequently am now missing some features of Microtype (spacing, kerning). (I tried converting my openfonts but failed) Here is ...