{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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cyrillic ttf/otf font with kerning support?

I'm looking for a cyrillic ttf/otf font with kerning support. Here's a sample XeLaTeX document: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} % enagles loading of OpenType fonts ...
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Define kerning in lualatex

I am trying to define a kerning between V and /. (see question) My approach is the following, but I don't see any differences between using the feature file and not using it. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I lower an \xrightarrow

I'm referring to a previous post where I asked how to handle lines that are too tall due to stacked mathematical symbols. In particular, the problem occurs in my texts when using \xrightarrow like in ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spacing issue with defined character [duplicate]

I needed a character that looks like a d with a bar through it, so I found this snippet of code. \newcommand{\dbar}{{\mathchar'26\mkern-12mu d}} This creates the right character, but it doesn't ...
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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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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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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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XeLaTeX Bad/Inconsistent Kerning [closed]

I'm running xubuntu 12.04.3 LTS with tex-full 2013 package. The kerning is terrible. For example, I have fonts-linuxlibertine 5.3.0 installed, latest and greatest; when I compile using XeLaTeX, both ...
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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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How count a space betwen glyph (without glue)

How do I count width of glyph, and the space between glyphs? I have: font word How to get all information about the space between glyph. "Test." in font "Times New Roman". I need get: width "T" ...
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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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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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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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modifying vector arrow definition plain tex for esvect package

what does \kern, \mkern, \traitfill, \m@th, \mathpalette & what does attaching a @ symbol after \def mean? for example \def\vectfill@{whatever} or \def\traitfill@#1#2#3#4
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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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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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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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microtype in XeLaTeX [duplicate]

Currently microtype package supports only protrusion in XeLaTeX. Is there an option to use other micro-typography features (expansion, kerning, spacing, tracking) in XeLaTeX? Or should I forget about ...
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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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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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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 ...