{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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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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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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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 ...
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XeTeX kerning with \newunicodechar

Am using Adobe Garamond Pro and need the two characters ʾ and ʿ that do not exist in that font. I have solved this by rotating ˘ 90 degrees either direction and making these new unicode characters ...
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Take the kerning of a font to make it the kerning of another one

The charter font from mathdesign has poor kerning while the Charter font by SIL is better. The problem is that the bold face of SIL is really bold and I prefer the one from mathdesign. Actually, even ...
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Configurable spacing after \dots

LaTeX adds some space after the ellipsis \textellipsis. This is enhanced by ellipsis package, which only adds space before certain characters (and also gives the option to configure “easily” the ...
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Spacing looks wrong in listings when using fixed columns

When I use columns=fixed to present my listings, the letters are spaced too far apart. Why is that? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{listings} \lstset{columns=fixed, basicstyle=\ttfamily}} ...
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Control the dots separation in math and text

I know how to control the spacing of the \textellipsis command. But I can't figure it out how to do so globally in all the versions of mathtools' \*dots. My idea is to use a global symbol … to use ...
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How can I superimpose a summation operator with its following character?

How can I create the following symbol? PS: It is not the classic \sum_{i=0}^n k
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Double slashes close together with resizing

I basically want this symbol, but I want it to resize properly: While X/\mkern-6mu/H looks good, when I try to resize using \biggl, then the horizontal space between the two slashes becomes very ...
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Hyphen, Capital T and Kerning

When using a hyphen directly next to a capital T the spacing (kerning) looks weird: Input: Abc-Tuv Output: It seems as there is too much space between the hyphen and the T. I can reproduce this ...
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Latin's scansion : length of vowels

I am a total enthusiastic beginner in LaTeX and my work in latin studies requires some twisty signs to mark the length of the vowels. I would love to find a way to have the length display on the same ...
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xeCJK messes up typographical quot and — [duplicate]

Using: XeTeX 3.1415926-2.5-0.9999.3 (TexLive 2013) on openSuse 13.1 Setting up a multilingual buddhist glossary I have encountered the problem that closing (German) typographical quotation marks “ ...
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Pair kerning strategies in (pdf)LaTeX

I'm using the microtype package on pdfLaTeX and I'm wondering over the possibility to implement pair kerning, as opposed to single-character kerning, within the facilities provided by that package. If ...
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\LaTeX logo too compressed with microtype and defined \SetExtraKerning

I have, perhaps, a slightly odd problem. I have used microtype to define some special spacing rules. This is the relevant bit of the preamble (and I will have hopefully not forgotten anything --- if I ...
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Cannot “kern back” after applying kerning

Usually when I apply kerning to a pair of characters, I undo the kerning by adding the negative of the kerning afterwards, i.e. {x}\kern1em\{y}\kern-1em (cf. Move a combining character with both ...
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What is going on with kerning when comparing math italics to italics?

Consider this example: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \begin{tabular}{ll} Math & $AUC$ \\ Italics & \textit{AUC} \\ \end{tabular} \end{document} In ...
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Fixing fonts with LuaTeX feature files

Bringhurst urges us in Chapter 10 of The Elements of Typographic Style: Version 4.0 to fix the font files if needed. See below a summary of the chapter using the section titles. Bringhurst suggests ...
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Correct kerning of hyperlinks in math mode

I use hyperlinks in math mode to if a reader does not read my thesis sequentially and finds a very arcane symbol somewhere, he may just click it and go to where it is defined. However, adding links ...
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Is there a way to automatically change kerning between commas/full stops and footnote marks?

This question led to a new package: fnpct Following up on my question on the kerning of footnote marks after punctuation marks, I'd like to know if there is a way to achieve the kerning of ...
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Optical Kerning with microtype

I am dissapointed with microtypes kerning. This MWE: \documentclass[ngerman,10pt]{article} \usepackage[ngerman]{babel} \usepackage{lmodern} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} ...