{ligatures} occur where two or more graphemes are joined as a single glyph.

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Ligatures in figures and pdftex

In the following example, the 'ff' ligature in the figure labels (in 'differential') disappears when pdflatex is used, but the fault does not occur if latex-dvips-ps2pdf is used instead. Both lualatex ...
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babel shorthand "| doesn't work in macros

The package babel with the ngerman option (and most other languages as well, but not english) provides the shorthand "|, which prevents a ligature at the given position (see p. 81 of the babel ...
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Make ligatures in Linux Libertine copyable (and searchable)

I'm currently working on an essay written in LaTeX form. I'm facing problems with ligatures - in my pdf output (rendered using pdftex) opened in Adobe Reader I get X's and V's when copy-pasting words ...
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Small-caps, old-style numbers, and some ligatures produce odd symbols in PDF copy text?

This is a problem I've had consistently with XeLaTeX. Here's a small example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \setmainfont[Ligatures=TeX,Numbers={OldStyle,Proportional}]{Minion Pro} ...
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Which ligatures do the fonts used in my document offer?

This is a follow-up question to: How do I know which ligatures are used in my document? In order to know which ligatures I might consider disabling (I have in mind microtype's \DisableLigatures ...
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Can one (more or less) automatically suppress ligatures for certain words?

One of the major attractions -- for me at least -- of typesetting my papers in (La)TeX is its automated and fully transparent use of typographic ligatures. However, as Knuth pointed out in the ...
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Why can't “fi” be separated when being copied from a compiled pdf?

I notice that in a pdf file compiled from Latex, "fi" such as in "field" cannot be separated as "f" and "i" when copying text out of the pdf file. I wonder why and if this can be changed? Thanks and ...
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Porting the luatex/ConTeXt module “translate” to lualatex

In this question, which I posted a few weeks ago to TeX Stack Exchange, I asked how one should go about disabling specific ligatures (such as ff, fi, fl, and ffl) automatically for a list of ...
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Suppression of a ligature in XeLaTeX

I'm trying to reproduce an old book with XeLaTeX, and it has the ct ligature but not the st ligature. The Ligatures=Rare option seems to turn either both on or off. Is there a way to select which ...
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How to make the rmligs script available globally on Windows?

Hopefully on-topic as about "(La)TeX related software and tools" I just learned about the rmligs script. Since it isn't available through MiKTeX (and neither through TeX Live), I downloaded the ...
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How to suppress the operation of a luatex-defined macro on a string if the string is part of macro or a label

I'm working towards creating a lualatex-based package that lets users automatically suppress the use of ligatures (for now, ff, fi, fl, ffi, ffl, and ft) for selected words. (For background see this ...
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In lualatex, hyphenation doesn't seem to work for words that contain certain ligatures

It would seem that hyphenation does not work properly under LuaLaTeX if the hyphenation points occur at places where TeX inserts ligatures. Consider the following MWE, which (i) provides hyphenation ...
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How to enable ligatures for emdash/endash in LuaTeX ?

I cannot switch on ligatures for emdash (---) and endash (--) in LuaLaTeX. Here is my test file: % !Mode:: "TeX:UTF-8" \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} ...
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Any suggestions/requests for features for a new package that allows disabling ligatures for (pre)selected words?

I'm starting to put together a LaTeX package, which I hope to distribute broadly, that provides lualatex code to disable ligation of character pairs and triplets for selected words (globally within ...
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\pdfglyphtounicode with XeTeX

One well known problem with using the font Linux Libertine (presumably other fonts too), is that its many ligatures are not recognized in the resulting pdf-file, so that it's not possible to search ...
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How can I completely suppress ligatures?

The microtype package allows to completely suppress ligatures. However, this feature requires pdfTeX 1.30 or newer. That's unfortunate if I'm using LaTeX or XeLaTeX while having to avoid ligatures. ...
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Placing the un-ligatured text in the OCR layer

I was reading Why can't "fi" be separated when being copied from a compiled pdf? and had a thought: I know that v1.4 and up PDF documents have an OCR layer. Would it be possible to have ...
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Can't generate ligatures with LuaLaTeX under MacTeX2014 and MacTeX2015 when using certain fonts

(Remark: This question was posted originally when the big news, TeX-wise, was the impending transition from TeXLive2013 to TeXLive2014. Since the issue identified in this posting persists in ...
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Ligatures disabling

I want to disable ligatures when I am typing letters, however, I need '--' to be joined to a long dash. Is it possible to make this? Now I am avoiding it like this \usepackage{microtype} ...
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Removing ligatures when using fontspec

This is a follow-up question to Currency symbol: French franc. Consider the following code: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \usepackage{siunitx} \DeclareRobustCommand*{\myfranc}{% ...
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Finding/Removing ligature from Tex

Is there anyway to find and remove ligatures from tex file? Sometimes when I copy/paste a text to Winedt, it shows perfect, but when I compile it to Pdf, some issues appear, e.g. finding becomes ...
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Ligature suppression with proper hyphenation and comprehensive word list?

[Update: It's been pointed out that my question(s) here weren't clear (or were too hidden). So I inserted red stars at the points where the questions appear.] In The TeX Book, D.E.K. gives "shelfful" ...
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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 MacTeX2014 and MacTeX2015 when using certain fonts and LuaLaTeX, fontspec, .ttc fonts and kerning (Optima on ...
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LaTeX font for 18th century English

I am busy typesetting a book for guntenberg.org and I would like to keep as far as possible close to the original style. The book was written in 1787. Here is an extract. Is there a similar font ...
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Suppress certain ligatures generally

Whether or not certain ligatures should be used (if available in a font) is a least in theory depending on the language used. For example traditional German texts would not have an "ffl" ligature but ...
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How to suppress a “Rare” ligature that pre-empts a “Common” ligature for the same character pair?

In several documents I'm creating with LuaLaTeX (using MacTeX2012 on a Mac that's running MacOS X 10.7.5), I primarily use the Adobe-issued font Garamond Premier Pro as the main text font. I use this ...
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How can I stop LaTeX from converting two hyphens to a single hyphen when loading package fontenc?

In the following minimal test document, I can have two hyphens appear as two hyphens (which is what I want): \documentclass[letterpaper]{article} \begin{document} A hyphen: \texttt{-} Two hyphens: ...
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Can we make ligatures copy-and-pastable? [duplicate]

Is there a straightforward way to make ligatures more copy-and-pastable? I know that by using \usepackage[t1]{fontenc} that many glyphs like accented and umlauted characters become ...
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Easily assign undefined ligatures with pdfLaTeX?

Ulrike Fischer showed how Linux Libertine's special ligatures are accessible. Even though she also pointed me at a chapter of the LaTeX Graphics Companion, I'm not really sure how to get these ...
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How add my own ligature

I would like to add one char from otf font in xelatex as ligature. 'łł' = 'some char number in font' How make it? How tell for xelatex this char is a ligature of two letter 'ł' and 'ł'
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Ligatures in Hoefler with XeTeX?

Using XeLaTeX on OS X 10.6 (texlive installed with MacPorts) I'm not getting any ligatures with Hoefler. Example code: \documentclass[10pt]{article} \usepackage{fontspec,xltxtra} ...
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How do I know which ligatures are used in my document?

In order to know which ligatures I might consider disabling, I would like to know which ones are actually used in my document. (Which ligatures are provided by a font is a more general question; I ...
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Dealing with word boundaries in a pl file

What is the easiest way to express replacement rules like “If a letter follows, replace ‘s’ by ‘ſ’” and “If a non-letter/word-boundary follows, replace ‘g’ by ‘g.final’” in a pl file? Context I am ...
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Difference between {} and \/ for breaking ligatures

The Guide to LaTeX (4th ed.) states that \/ is used to break up ligatures (p. 30 and p. 469), which I thought was standardly done with {}. As \/ is normally known to insert an italic correction (see ...
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How do I prevent LaTeX from creating en-dash and em-dash?

All over the internet, there's this question on how to make LaTeX do the en-dash and em-dash. I have the opposite problem. I have some text from which I am generating HTML and LaTeX outputs. The ...
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Enabling c_t and longs_t without enabling s_t ligatures

I'm using the Hoefler Text font in xelatex with long s: \usepackage{fontspec} \setmainfont[Contextuals=Inner]{Hoefler Text} But I want to use the ct ligature (it's from the Rare set): ...
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Activating fi and fl ligatures with fontspec for Berling font

I have a font named Berling containing fi and fl ligatures on glyph 109 and 110. How can I activate these with lualatex? For the moment I am trying: \documentclass[a4paper]{memoir} ...
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Disabling selected ligatures with microtype

With a font in T1 encoding, using pdfTeX and the package microtype, I'd like to disable the ligatures for "ff" and "ffi", but keep the ligature for "fi". If I type in the preamble ...
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Switching off ligatures in LuaLaTeX

In order to switch off ligatures for a whole document using LuaLaTeX, I put the following lines into the preamble: \usepackage{fontspec} \defaultfontfeatures{Ligatures={NoRequired, NoCommon, ...
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En-dash instead of two short dashes for page range in bibliography

Since I'm working with the fontspec package, using the Segoe UI font (actually, let me include a secondary question here: which font would you prefer for a scientifical paper on influenza, keeping in ...
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Ligatures for fi, fl, ffl do not work for Times New Roman (XeLaTeX)

When I compile the code below with XeLaTeX (using TeXworks), ligatures for Times New Roman do not show. Instead, I just get singular characters. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} ...
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Fix encoding for ligatures of fonts in XeTeX / LuaLaTeX (specifically for Minion Pro)

Ligatures in the MWE below are not encoded properly when compiling with LuaLaTeX or XeLaTeX using TeXShop on the Mac. Copying "The difference" from the pdf to a text editor renders "e di erence". I ...
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How to keep a “rare” ligature from interfering with a “common” ligature?

In ligature-rich Opentype fonts which feature both "common" and "rare" ligatures, it can happen that a "rare" ligature is applied first to one character pair, pre-empting the use of a "common" or ...
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How can I highlight ligatures?

I'd like to highlight all the ligatures used in a document similar to the image below as an attempt to show off some of TeX's tender loving care for the font being used. Is there a way to do this ...
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pdf files show “fi”, but searching for or copying them does not work

When I pdflatex text containing "fi", e.g. "infinite", the resulting pdf-file looks correct, e.g. "infinite" is shown in the text. But when I search the pdf file for "infinite", 0 occurrences are ...
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Historic font and missing ligatures

I am trying to compose a sort of old-style book. I would like to use a specific historical font for the entire text. This font includes ligature glyphs for: ff, fi, fl, ffl, and st (see Figure 1 for ...
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Ligatures and hyphenations: the effect of empty brace groups {}

For the following example, \hsize =2in shelf{}ful shelf{}ful shelf{}ful rot{}ten rot{}ten shelf{}ful shelf{}ful shelf{}ful shelf{}ful shelf{}ful rot{}ten rot{}ten shelf{}ful shelf{}ful \bye The ...
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How to make page numbering with ligature roman style?

I use roman page number for front matter, I was just wondering, is it possible to make these roman numbers as ligature? See. Roman: and roman:
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Ligature suppression algorithm fails if the word in question contains an Umlaut (dieresis) before the ligature

This is a follow-up posting prompted by Taco Hoekwater's recent excellent answer to a question I posed a few months ago. It concerns the use of the ligature suppression algorithm for words (mainly, ...
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Missing Arabic Ligature due to diacritical marks in ConTeXt MarkIV

I am having an issue with Arabic Font Ligatures showing discrepancy between ConTeXt and XeLateX, when using the same font namely Scheherazade. The issue is not present when using XeLateX but only ...