{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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Where/how is kerning data stored in actual font files?

Where in most font files do they store information such as "If character %1 is followed by character %2, decrease the spacing by x points"? Are all the (%1,%2, resulting_kerning) tuples in a central ...
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Adjusting letterspacing in ConTeXt [closed]

I need to adjust the letterspacing of the font I'm using. I'm currently using the font like this: \usemodule[simplefonts] \definefontfeature[default][default][protrusion=quality,expansion=quality] ...
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Kerning in \Cref of cleveref

When I use the \Cref command of cleveref package, it doesn't apply the corresponding kerning: Here is a minimal example: \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage[thref]{ntheorem} \usepackage{cleveref} ...
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Uneven spacing around a hyphen in sans-serif?

I am used to writing the names of categories in sans-serif. Thus, for the category of R-modules, I have been using $R\textrm{-}\textsf{Mod}$ However, the kerning/spacing this produces has never ...
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To kern double em-dashes

In Virginia Woolf's novels, she used double em-dashes quite often. In Latin Modern, the two dashes closely set together without gap. However, In ebgaramond there is a little gap which is quite ...
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Is it always best practice to not include text punctuation in inline math mode?

It has been pointed out on this site, e.g. here by egreg, that text punctuation doesn't belong to the formula in inline math. I've been following this practice for a long time, so I write for all ...
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Italic/slanted math font and kerning

I'd like to write a macro for typesetting slanted letters in bold for highlighting vectors. I've used this implemenation: \newcommand\vect[1]{\text{\bfseries\sffamily\slshape#1\/}} But I've run ...
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Macro to be used in a \section command that has no effect in the table of contents

I need a macro that is executed only in the main document (within a section title) and then disappears (for the table of contents). A minimal example where this occurs is this: ...
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Space between the two slashes in “http://” too big

I'm using a lot of links with http:// in my document, but the two slashes are too much separated, I'd like them to be more near each other. How do I do this, in a neat way? I'm using a sans-serif ...
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How to reduce the space between two slashes when using \url?

This is a follow-up question to Space between two slashes. Bianca Lobo's answer (defining a \twobar command with proper kerning) is nice; however, it doesn't work in the argument of the \url command ...
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How to get proper kerning with XeTeX and special characters? [duplicate]

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 ...
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The Last Obstacle — Measuring sidebearings in LuaLaTeX [duplicate]

I've just realised that this question might be interpreted as a duplicate of Accessing side-bearings in LuaTeX, and therefore eligible to be closed as such. Apologies for the lapse of memory; I'll ...
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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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Alternates for specific characters & kerning

I am trying to change the stylistic set used for italic y in my document. I used Alan Munn's method, explained here: Use stylistic set variations only for certain glyphs. It works properly, except ...
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Problem of different spaces between subscripts and letters in math mode

In math mode, the spaces between subscripts and letters are not always the same, but depending on the preceding letters! See e.g. (different colours indicate different spaces) Is it the feature of ...
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Wrong kerning after \beta on printout [closed]

The following minimal example looks fine on my system: \documentclass[]{report} \pagestyle{empty} \begin{document} \Huge Test $\alpha, \beta, \gamma$ Test \end{document} The PDF looks like this: ...
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Letterspacing titles with LuaLaTeX

I'm using LuaLaTeX to write my thesis and I've been learning about typography thanks to Robert Bringhurst's "The elements of typographic style". Problem is I can't replicate the letterspacing used in ...
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Bad kerning with dvipng

I am using dvipng to render sans serif documents, and the results are especially bad. At the default resolution (100 dpi IIRC), there are some serious kerning issues. Here, I rendered with two sans ...
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Insert negative kern before “Y” in Calabi-Yau

Some pairs of glyphs look more visually appealing when a kern is inserted between the glyphs. For instance, if the word Calabi–Yau is typeset with a font that does not include kerning information for ...
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Improved kerning in fractions?

Question How can I apply selective kerning within the numerator and denominator of an inline fraction? Specifically, I'd like to: Tighten kerning after the numerator if it ends in 7 Loosen kerning ...
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Disable automatic kerning

I want to disable automatic kerning for a few lines in my text as the \textwidth before kerning and after kerning is not the same. And I'm sure there is a simple command to do so, but just can't ...
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Three emdashes bound together

In many bibliography styles repeating authors are indicated with three emdashes, forming a single line. This works well with some fonts, while for others it leaves gaps: ...
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Move a combining character with both \raisebox and \kern

The font I'm using, Linux Libertine O, is not able to properly combine a circumflex (U+0302) with a preceding vowel symbol that has a macron (e.g. U+014D): \documentclass[17pt]{extarticle} ...
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How to adjust the kerning around a forward slash in text

In contrast to \texttt{typewriter} normal text is "connected". When using a forward slash, I get for y/. this: while I would like to get something like that: which can be accomplished by ...
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italic correction in math mode

I use txfonts and \texttt in italics in math mode, but the letters' italic correction is not working: an italic/"TT" letter "d" adjacent to a closing parenthesis touches it. Here is minimal sample ...
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How are amounts of money to be typeset?

Writing a letter to Americans, I have wondered how to properly typeset amounts of money. As far as I know, the $-sign is supposed to precede the number, but I am clueless of the rest. Here are some ...
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How is the LaTeX 2e made?

I wanted to know how is the \LaTeXe symbol () made, I mean, the command definition of superscripts and subscripts on the "L", "A"... letters.
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Using the charter font, F followed by a full stop looks like an E. What should I do?

Here is a screenshot of my document: On the second line, there is an instance of "CNF." which totally looks like "CNE" to me (because the dot takes the place of the serif on the feet of an E). I'm ...
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Wrong positioning of subscripts on bold math letters

I just noticed that for kpfonts and times (and probably other fonts since it does not seem to be font-related), the subscripts on boldface letters like V are (I would say) wrong. Is there an ...
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Fix for CJK punctuation kerning in xetex?

When using xelatex with xeCJK to typeset a document in English with Japanese quotations, I get rather unsightly kerning with Japanese punctuation. In general, punctuation is shifted to the left, so ...
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Problem formatting a subscript in math mode

$\nu_{\rm FWHM}$ prints FWHM too large. But when I try: $\nu_{\mbox{\tiny FWHM}}$ the size is okay but the kerning looks wrong. What is the best way to make a compact little FWHM subscript tag ...
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Is there a way to improve kerning on mathematics?

It seems that some mathematical formulae do not have as good kerning as standard text? Taking a specific example, I would like to change The version on the left is LaTeX produced from ...
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Kerning for arabic digits?

In most fonts, arabic digits have nonproportional width, meaning that 1 and 8 have exactly the same width even if the former has a smaller natural width. This is good for typesetting tables, but in ...
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Open parenthesis followed by j produces “crash” (slight overlap of glyphs)

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 ...
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German-style quotation marks too close to italics letters and mathpazo font package

When I type an text in italic with the Palladio font the German quotation marks are (far) too close to the letters. The problem does not occur with English quotation marks. Is there any solution or ...
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Vain question about cdot kerning

I'm writing my first "real" paper in Latex, and one of my major pieces of notation involves item-wise multiplying the Nx1 vector \widehat{w} to the Nx1 vector \widehat{S}, and I've been using cdot to ...
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How to use \widthof as parameter to \kern

I sometimes encounter a problem when I attempt to use \widthof from the calc package, and don't know why. In the past I have just worked around it using a two step process of defining a \newdimen{} ...
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How to fix kerning of comma/colon after quotes?

How to fix kerning of comma/colon after quotes? Hello, I’m a relative newbie in latex and am trying to reduce the space between closing quotes and colon/comma, but by a general way in the preamble, ...
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Does latin modern sans serif have a weird kerning, or is there a problem on my side?

I don't know whether it's my brain, or my pdf reader, or a missing font on my system. I know I'm asking for Latin Modern, Sans Serif because it's for a presentation, and the result looks weird: I ...
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Margin kerning in Xe(La)TeX for TeXlive 2010: how to enable?

I'm using the pre-release testing version of TeXlive 2010. From what I understand from the TeXlive Guide, a new feature is that support for magin kerning has been added to XeTeX. From what I can ...
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Kerning issue with Adobe Garamond Pro: XeTeX or font file to blame ?

I have run into a strange kerning issue, limited to the German letter pair Wä, when using the Adobe Garamond Pro font with XeTeX. The document looks great except for that particular pair. But see for ...
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Problem with kerning using LuaLaTeX

I am having a problem with kerning while using LuaLaTeX. In my example, the pair “AT” does not render well. This is clear by comparing LuaLaTeX output with XeLaTeX's, which from the same code renders ...
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Basic kerning with XeTeX

Trying to use custom fonts with LyX, so I started using XeTeX. Unfortunately, It seems kerning only works with certain OpenType fonts (Linux Libertine) but not for others (Doulos SIL or Charis SIL). ...
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Unsightly spacing with Calligra font (Christmas card)

I'm writing my Christmas cards again with LaTeX. Last year I used a commercial font with XeTeX. For this year I was thinking about using Calligra as font, but for some reason the output is not nice ...
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Why \leaders and \mkern works strangely in different font size?

I can hardly determine a good title for this question, I'm sorry. Minimal test code: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{lipsum} \begin{document} foo {\fontsize{18}{18}\leaders\hbox{$\mkern ...
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How do I disregard automatic spacing between characters in math mode?

I realize this is a bit of an odd request. I'd like to typeset some characters in math mode (such as 1 \land \lnot 2 \lor 3), and have them appear equally spaced, rather than with automatic spacing. ...
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Spacing too large with exponents and big Oh

What's the correct way to typeset the following to get the normal spacing you would expect were you to, for example, write the terms out by hand. \documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article} ...
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Kerning between bold and non-bold text

I'd like to write a word in bold followed by a comma and a non-bold word, like this: \textbf{why}, blah If I just write why, TeX inserts a kern to shift the comma a little closer to the "y". But ...
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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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LaTeX fonts with proper kerning for characters with diacritics

Could you please recommend me fonts working with LaTeX that I can use to typeset text in e.g. Central European languages, with proper kerning? I am experiencing problems especially with pairs like ...