{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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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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How do I get the protrusion to work in XeTeX?

When I render my documents using pdfLaTeX and microtype they look fine, but when I switch to XeTeX the right edges of justified text look terrible: some lines overlfow, and hyphens look "indented". Is ...
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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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Is it possible now to use microtype with opentype fonts?

LuaTeX has limited support for microtypograhpy now, and it can be invoked if only type1 fonts are used. But is it possible for microtype to work with opentype fonts loaded with fontspec now? I have ...
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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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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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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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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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Microtype and word spacing

I'm trying to change the default word spacing for some font. I know 2 ways to do it: setting \fontdimens or \spaceskip. With these approaches and microtype's \textls I get two different results, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Letterspacing/font expansion in LuaLaTeX

I am a few months into learning LaTeX. I would like to use microtype with LuaLaTeX and I would like to obtain letter spacing for my smallcaps. I've tried to follow some of the threads on the subject ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Modifying (i.e., partially overriding) microtype's character protrusion settings for specific characters

I would like to disable or modify character protrusion (enabled by microtype) for specific characters. Let me illustrate the issue with the en-dash, which protrudes far too wide for my taste: ...
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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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Is the DVI format de facto dead?

Are there any technical reasons that have killed or will kill the DVI format as an output for TeX engines? I know that the microtype package works better with pdflatex, but is there any technical ...
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microtype has issues with mathdesign \mathsf font [closed]

I am using \documentclass{amsart} \usepackage{microtype} \usepackage[bitstream-charter,cal=cmcal]{mathdesign} Sometimes \mathsf{...} produces pdfTeX error (font expansion): auto expansion is ...
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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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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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Is microtype fully supported now by XeLaTeX? If not, how can I keep myself up-to-date?

Is microtype fully supported now by XeLaTeX? If not, how can I keep myself up-to-date on this argument?
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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} ...