{microtype} is a package that provides a LaTeX interface to the micro-typographic features of pdfTeX, LuaTeX and XeTeX, most prominently, character protrusion and font expansion.

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AlegreyaSans, microtype's tracking feature and footnotes

My question is closely related to this one. I'm using pdfLaTeX and microtype with AlegreyaSans as my sans serif font. I managed to adjust the answer given by Ulrike Fischer in the above question in ...
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Does fouriernc contain sans serif fonts?

Does fouriernc contain sans serif font? If not, which type is actually used for it? Is this type scalable? My problem shows not so minimal working example: \documentclass{memoir} ...
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hanging punctuation with microtype and luaLaTeX

I want to get this style of hanging punctuation: Quotation marks «...» „...“, brackets (...) [...] {...} and bullets are put beyond the left margin. Quotation marks, brackets, periods, ...
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\edef together with microtype generates an error [duplicate]

In a previous question, I asked why \edef produced an error when trying to expand commands that takes an argument in the belief that this was the cause of it. But in actuality, I've realized that the ...
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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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Microtype, raggedright and varwidth doesn't work well with each other

I am using microtype inside varwidth environment in the way described here. It works well with justified text, but now I have very short-lined text like a verse. And sometimes microtype is working, ...
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What is the meaning of \fussy, \sloppy, \emergencystretch, \tolerance, \hbadness?

There are many way to influence line breaking, and avoiding overfulls on long unbreakable pieces of text. I'm puzzled. We are told that using \sloppy document-wide is not good , that an alternative ...
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Microtype does not work inside varwidth

I make a template for different texts and I need to use varwidth. But it seems microtype doesn't work inside this environment. Is there any way to make it work? \documentclass{book} ...
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What are pdfTeX's exact rules for character protrusion? And for the expansions of \leftmarginkern/\rightmarginkern?

It is well known that pdfTeX tries to apply character protrusion in a clever way. When breaking a horizontal list into lines, (implicit) kerns for character protrusion are inserted near the edges of ...
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Microtype's tracking feature works with some fonts, not others

In the code below, tracking works with the libertine font, but not with the Alegreya font. Why is this, and how can I fix it? \documentclass{article} \usepackage[tracking = true, letterspace = ...
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LuaLaTeX: Load order fontspec, microtype (breaks hyphenation in bibliography)

The microtype documentation clearly states: With LuaTeX, load fontspec before microtype However, this breaks hyphenation in some cases in the bibliography, created with biblatex/biber. The same ...
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Smallcaps don't work if fontspec's microtype is used in luaLatex

This could be a duplicate question of this one - but I'd say the problem there is still not solved. Consider the following example: \documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article} \usepackage{fontspec} ...
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Which common LaTeX Fonts come prepackaged with specific settings for Microtype?

For anyone interested in achieving the very best microtypography: Some fonts apparently come with microtype specific settings, other fonts don't, in which case microtype applies "Default" settings ...
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microtype: Customizing protrusion for ellipsis and multiplication symbols

I can’t bring microtype to set protrusion for the \times symbol as well as the … ellipsis symbol). I used the "XXXX ={} notation to refer to these symbols (with XXXX being the UTF-8 code), as ...
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Reducing letter spacing to get rid of a widow, how much is appropriate?

Some times the only way to get rid of a widow is, to reduce the letter spacing in a certain paragraph or footnote. Being addicted to XeLateX unfortunately I can't use the microtype package to achieve ...
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Microtype causes error in combination with system call LuaLaTeX

I'm trying to plot some figures based on measurements with tikz because the number of data points is to large for LaTeX I'm using a 'system call' to use LuaLaTeX for them. As long I do not load ...
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microtype, listings and lrbox: What in the world is going on here?

The image says it all: I'm not sure what's going on, but it seems that microtype "breaks" the lrbox hack for coloring \lstinline. The code is here: \documentclass[a4paper]{article} ...
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Use Microtype beta from TLContrib with Miktex [duplicate]

I would like to test Microtype 2.5 (b08) with Lualatex. I've seen here that TLContrib has been cited as a way to get and install this version, but I only found solutions to use it as a repository ...
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\SetTracking seems to have no effect

From the documentation: \SetTracking [〈options〉] {〈set of fonts〉} {〈tracking amount〉} I have tried all kinds different incarnations of this command (many of them copied verbatim from online), to no ...
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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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Microtype configuration for kpfonts

The microtype documentation suggests to use settings matching one's font choice. I am currently using the kpfonts package but have not succeeded to find some matching settings online. As there seem ...
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How well does microtype “font expansion” work with LuaLaTeX?

Using LuaLaTeX and a an OpenType font loaded with fontspec (like, say, Linux Libertine), can the "font expansion" feature of microtype be considered stable and fully functional? And can I feel safe by ...
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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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Pros and cons of kerning, spacing, and tracking in microtype [duplicate]

As noted in this answer, kerning, spacing, and tracking are turned off by default in microtype. Why is that? Are there good arguments against using it? What would be the pros and cons of activating ...
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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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MinionPro, microtype and \j - Is there a way to get rid of a strange warning?

When I typeset my free physics textbook, I get a microtype warning Unknown slot number of character `\j' (It happens only for this character, no other one.) I get this message since many years, ...
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Problem T1 fontenc and microtype?

I had to reinstall Windows on my pc, and therefore Latex too. It worked perfectly well before, and I don't understand why I have a problem now (I reinstall the complete miktex distribution). Here is ...
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Why are not all microtyping features enabled by default?

According to the microtype manual, Kerning, Spacing and Tracking are not enabled by default in pdftex (>= 1.4). What are the reasons for this?
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Does protrusion in pdfLaTeX or XeLaTeX work as it should?

\documentclass[11pt]{article} \usepackage[protrusion=true,expansion=true,final]{microtype} \begin{document} \section*{The Microtypesetting} \noindent A run of the mill paragraph with some text that ...
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Combination of microtype and algorithm package fails to compile

I try to compile the following MWE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[activate=true,final,tracking=true,kerning=true,spacing=true]{microtype} % improves font appearance. ...
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Letterspacing via microtype vs fontspec (in LuaLaTeX)

I've just realised that I can get somewhat similar letterspacing effects using either the microtype or fontspec packages; for example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} ...
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LuaTeX: Line break problem with microtype + geometry (bindingoffset) [duplicate]

I have a problem with the combination LuaTeX + package microtype + option bindingoffset from the geometry package when typesetting the following example: \documentclass[11pt,a4paper]{article} ...
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pdfTeX font expansion error during compilation

Background I am using Miktex 2.9 and TeXworks on top of that on a Windows 7 64-bit machine. To write my paper I have to use a provided template by 3rd party. However, I am not very experienced with ...
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pdflatex: How to reduce width (aka uneven scale) of a character or reduce interletter space?

I read microtype package docs, searched the Web and didn't find an example for what I am trying to achieve. Problem statement: I would like to do one of the following options: Scale all teletype ...
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Unwanted space before hyphen in longtable

I have a minor typesetting problem inside the longtable environment. I am writing my CV and I need to write a list of skills inside a table cell. Since I'd like to keep the document length down to ...
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Tracking amount in Microtype for textsc won't change

The bibliography style I am using (abbrvdin) uses for the author names all capital letters (like \textsc{}). When tracking in microtype is enabled it adds space between all those letters which doesn't ...
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LuaLateX: Problem with microtype \textls and center environment

I want to use \textls to reduce letterspacing for citing works/compositions. If I use it in the titlepage inside a center environment it gets a bit messy. As in other examples, it seems like the lines ...
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Weird spacing issue mid-paragraph when using natbib, microtype, flowfram and the charter BT font

I'm using natbib, microtype, flowfram and the charter BT font (through the command \usepackage[bitstream-charter]{mathdesign}), and I'm getting the following results: Other instances in my main ...
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OTF + microtype quality + Koma-script

I stopped using LaTeX some years ago, and I'm wondering if there's now any functional way to use, at the same time: Koma Script for great European layout (“Tschicholdian” one); OpenType for various ...
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Microtype gives wrong letterspacing in math mode

Using the \lsstyle command gives wrong math latterspacing afterwards. I came upon this problem when using the classicthesis and putting math in a section (microtype is used there too). After the ...
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Can I use microtype (or something else) to 'amend' a ligature's spacing?

Say I have the following source: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \ExplSyntaxOn \NewDocumentCommand \Dash { } { \leavevmode \unskip \nobreak \hspace{\halfspace} \textemdash ...
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Keywords with spaces in Listings

I want spaced keywords in listings (that is, keyword, with spaces in between). Now, there are some questions in this site already answered, like this one, where the official answer is that “it is not ...
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Biblatex (footcite) and microtype

Biblatex is configured so that all author names are written in small caps and microtype is set to to adjust the spacing between the small cap letters a la \SetTracking{ encoding = *, shape = sc }{ 45 ...
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Spacing capitals in section headings

I'm using titlesec to customise my section headings. I want to have my subsections in capitals, which I can achieve with the \uppercase function, but all typographic style guides suggest that caps ...
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Maintaining Optical Margins with Hanging Punctuation

To achieve hanging quotation marks, I am changing their protrusion settings in my preamble: \documentclass{minimal} \setlength{\parindent}{0cm} \usepackage{luatextra} \setmainfont{Times} ...
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Set tracking amount with microtype

The question is this: How can I globally set the amount of tracking to be executed with microtype's \textls command? More details: The microtype package gives the option of setting the space between ...
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Tracking in full caps and italicized small caps

The microtype package includes a tracking option, in which the space between letters is increased. This should normally be done for sequences of both full caps and small caps, see e.g. Bringhurst's ...
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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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Can I turn a variable width font into a fixed-width font?

I found a free ancient-typewriter font I'd like to use in a project, but the person who made it apparently traced some scanned outlines and poured them into a variable width truetype font. That is not ...
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TeX Capabilities with Arbitrary Fonts

I am formatting 85,000 words of text in InDesign that include several (non-negotiable) .ttf and .otf fonts not canonical to LaTeX. I'd like to switch to a TeX-based format for the following ...