{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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\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 ...
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Controlling the space in section numbers

I want to control the space around the dots of the section numbers (and subsection and so on). I think the space sometimes is too small like the one with IV . sometimes to wide, eg when it involves a ...
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\SetTracking from microtype is ineffective with mathdesign

I like the tracking but I wish to descrease the spacing a bit. But it does not work: \documentclass[twoside,a4paper,12pt]{article} %\usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[charter]{mathdesign} ...
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Using letterspacing for better justification

According to R. Bringhurst's "The Elements of Typographic Style" (version 3.1, 2004, pp. 190-192), the best justification is achieved by a combination of three methods: flexibly altering the space ...
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Spacing problem with microtype and Hoefler Text under xelatex

I'm seeing an odd spacing problem with microtype and Hoefler Text under XeLaTeX. A minimal example is provided below. When typeset with xelatex, the word "he" and the emphasized word "ought" overlap ...
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What is the latest progress in the realm of TeX? [closed]

Motivation TeX.SE as well as external resources contain information from as far as 2010 regarding e.g. LuaTeX, XeLaTeX, microtype, and popular dilemmas such as KOMA/memoir or babel/polyglossia, which ...
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incompatibility between tikzposter class and microtype package

I've just started using the new tikzposter class (having previously used the fancytikzposter package from the same author) and immediately discovered that using the microtype package causes TeX to ...
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Em dash out of right margin

I am almost sure this question was already asked somewhere (I couldn't find it). Still why my em dash and the word proceeding it are typeset out of margins? the source is proliferation---nextword ...
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How can I make my dash work with microtype?

Consider the following definition: \documentclass[a6paper]{article} \usepackage[showframe]{geometry} \usepackage{microtype} \def\Dash{\unskip\thinspace\textemdash\thinspace\ignorespaces\allowbreak} ...
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Loading microtype before or after the font

According to the answer given here, the microtype package should be loaded after the font, since microtype "needs to know what fonts are in use at the time that it is loaded". I am, however, not able ...
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fontspec & microtype: fine tune OpenType fonts

I just began to try LuaTeX in order to make use of OpenType fonts. After loading fontspec I select such a font the usual way: \setmainfont{Adobe Garamond Pro} Now I wonder how I can fine tune the ...
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letterspacing italic small caps automatically

The MinionPro-It.otf file I am using contains italic small caps, confirmed with otfinfo -f MinionPro-It.otf and cfftot1 MinionPro-It.otf | t1testpage | epstopdf --filter > MinionPro-It.pdf. The ...
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Rare pdflatex “Auto Expansion is only possible with scalable font” on scaleable-font document [duplicate]

I know I am sounding crazy, but this looks like a veritable pdflatex bug to me. even small innocent changes to the file make it go away. \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage[english]{babel} ...
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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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Shrink monospaced font in custom (verbatim) environments

I'm redesigning lecture notes for a university class since the students wanted to read the notes on their tablets, e-book readers, etc. I have code blocks in these documents, defined in the cdblk and ...
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XeLaTeX and microtype protusion problems at hyphens

I was excited to learn that XeLaTeX finally has microtype support (I had asked about that earlier). However, after adding microtype to my document, I noticed that line breaks at hyphens now go wrong. ...
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LuaTeX won't end a line at Unicode emdash

I'm using LuaLaTeX instead of XeLaTeX for my book, mainly because it supports microtype's expansion feature, to produce the optimal word spacing and line breaking that will result in the most uniform ...
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Space is sometimes gobbled with microtype and url

I experimented with condensing URLs slightly and thought everything worked fine, until I noted a problem in the final proofreading. The first "this" in the following minimal example seems to have no ...
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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 ...