{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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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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Redefine apostrophes to prevent bad kerning

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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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The kerning option of microtype

I wonder what the kerning option of the microtype package does? In the manual it says that kerning=true will give additional kerning. But how? Is this something that has to be specified in addition to ...
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Make apostrophe closer to letter

I am using the lettrine package to typeset capitals. When there is an apostrophe with a capital L, the spaces look quite ugly. I would like to achieve something like the following: I've already set ...
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Overlaying two symbols

I use LyX, so a lot of the working is hidden from me. I want to overlay the symbols \star and \bigcircle. How do I do this? I know it can be done, ad there is the \not, which works like that
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Colorization and kerning problem with inline lists

The problem is as follows: I need to set an inline list with colored lowercase letters surrounded by black brackets. This is not so hard to achieve, but the problem is that kerning is lost in the ...
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How can I adjust the fine positioning of stackrel?

I use stackrel to define a custom stacked relation symbol: \def\qMapsfrom{\stackrel{?}{\Mapsfrom}} However, the question mark is not centered properly and has too much distance from the \Mapsfrom. ...
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Fix math mode kerning of “C”

I am trying to set a sequence of atom packing symbols. I want to use math mode italics for this, as I think that their width fits this purpose. The problem is that the C has a bad kerning for this. ...
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Charclass/Interchartokes for Umlauts and „“

How can I define a charclass for umlauts, german quotes „“ (and other special characters which are not A–Z/a–z)? I’d like to use this for extra kerning in some cases. \documentclass{minimal} ...
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Kerning between 'V' and '.'

The canonical font used in LaTeX does not seem to implement any special kerning between letters and dots, possibly resulting in too much space (say, for the combinations "V." or "T.") in my opinion. ...
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Zapf Chancery and placing a k next to a g

So, I was playing with fonts and found one really nice. It's just that I ran into trouble trying to write the word Background (quite a common word, eh?) using it. The k and the g extend into each ...
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Is there a way to adjust kerning for a specific character combination?

Is it possible to tell (La)TeX to adjust the kerning of a specific character combination? For example, suppose I want !! to be typeset as !\kern 1.2pt!, just like ff is automatically turned into a ...
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Using listing for displaying Matlab code

I'm trying to display matlab code in a LaTeX document and the comments are typeset with an ugly space between letters: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{listings} \lstset{language=Matlab} ...
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Prettiest way to typeset “C++” (cplusplus)?

Writing "C++" in plain text results in an ugly setting, as the '+' signs are too big and too spaced: I've seen around the web several marcos for typesetting the "C++" symbol, ranging from mild ...
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An example of changing kerning of a font in LuaLaTeX

LuaLaTeX, through the luaotfload package, is able to dynamically add and modify features and properties of a font. This is performed by using the FeatureFile option in fontspec when loading a font; ...
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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 ...