{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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Does combining microtype with ragged right make any sense?

My impression when using microtype in a document that used \RaggedRight (everything said is probably true for \raggedright as well but who cares really ...) always was that all lines just get ...
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Cyrillic and microtype: pdfTeX error (font expansion): auto expansion is only possible with scalable fonts

I have a rather huge document and everything worked fine. The problems started when I tried to insert some Russian text. I was able to resolve some issues, but now I'm stuck with the following error: ...
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Microtypesets and Fontspec

Is there a way to use Microtypesets so that one would specify a fontspec family. I have a very complicated document and it would be nice to be able to turn the microtype features on only for those ...
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microtype tracking disables small caps in luaLaTeX

Normall microtype tracking loosens the tracking of small caps. However, with fontspec's \setmainfont{ebgaramond}, small caps are completely disabled and I get a loose normal text, as opposed to ...
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microtype with latex+dvips+ps2pdf

I would like to use microtype with the latex, dvips, ps2pdf workflow. Is it possible to use it in this workflow? If it can be used are there any options that I need to call when using microtype?
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Hanging punctuation with \enquote

Following this advice on tex.sx, I'm using csquotes. And I'd like to have hanging punctuations, for instance that left-quotation marks are displayed in the margins. I focus on this point in this ...
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Soul vs Microtype in regards to Tracking

When using small/all caps, I was told to adjust the tracking alongside. I have found \SetTracking from microtype and \so from soul. Is there an advantage to using one or the other and if yes why? Do ...
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Microtype and LuaTeX: changing protrusion and hanging punctuation

I'm experimenting (using TeXLive 2013) with having my punctuation marks extend fully into both the left and right margins. I don't know how to include images so I'll do my best to format this here to ...
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Why does the use of microtype and xfrac lead to a long compile time?

While I was discussing another issue I came across this problem: I included the xfrac package and the compile time of my document 100folded. After playing around I found out that microtype caused the ...
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microtype settings for dummies

More than a year ago, a friend of mine was totally excited about microtype features in LaTeX. He was talking about it quite a bit and then said to me: "Show me your document, let me input some lines ...
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How to *disable* Lua's Microtype for a given tabular column?

I'm looking for a way to disable Lua's Microtype (note the capital M - to distinguish from the lower case microtype package) in the first tabular column of the MWE given below: ...
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best practice international template

I would like to have a template which can be internationalised (i.e. is suited for latin script languages) and uses the microtype package. I suppose that we therefore need the following packages: ...
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Is microtype compatible (and effective) with a font like Calibri?

Is microtype compatible (and effective) with a font like Calibri ? For details on microtype, see also here and here. Edit With "compatible" I mean error-message-free. With ...
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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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The caption package and letterspacing

Problem Statement I adjusted the caption format for my figures and tables using the caption package, such that the words "Figure" and "Table" are typeset using small caps. Now I want to obtain ...
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How do I get microtype's “outer spacing” to work with the xspace package?

Microtype adds extra space to the start and end of letterspaced text, configured via the \SetTracking command's "outer spacing" option. Unfortunately, xspace breaks this. For example, I define a few ...
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fontspec-color not working correctly with microtype package [closed]

If I use the fontspec package together with the microtype package, the color-feature of fontspec does only colarize the last line of the paragraph instead of the whole paragraph, as the grouped ...
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unpleasent character protrusion using microtype, biblatex and block=nbpar

Using microtype together with biblatex's entrysets and block=nbpar options leads to an unpleasent result. The left bracket of (a) is moved too much to the right. (b) and (c) are less affected by the ...
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Customizing protrusion in microtype using \SetProtrusion

I am using microtype in a document (with pdftex) and I would like to alter the amount of protrusion that small numbers (i.e. the digits 0-9) are subject to. However, I cannot make \SetProtrusion ...
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Strange behaviour of \textsection in footnote with fixltx2e

This is a follow-up question to How do I enable protrusion for footnotes with \fnsymbol using microtype?, and my answer there. The MWE that I provided there \documentclass[10pt]{article} ...
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How do I enable protrusion for footnotes with \fnsymbol using microtype?

In microtype package (v.2.5 beta 06) and footnote protrusion, custom protrusion for footnote numbers is enabled. However, as soon as I edit the footnote characters to the ones generated by \fnsymbol ...
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Disable microtype for a portion of a document

Update: 2013-04-18 After upgrading to microtype 2.5 today this specific test cases indeed runs much faster (from approximately 3:00 minutes down to 8 seconds). However, I do have another cases where ...
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Can I get full justification for italic text?

In the TeXbook, Knuth notes that italics can lead to problems with justification: EXERCISE 14.16 When an entire paragraph is typeset in italic or slanted type, it sometimes appears to be offset ...
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Is microtype-2.5 (beta-08) stable enough for production use?

I am affected by the performance issues of microtype-2.4 and enter the last phase of an important work (fine-tuning of page breaks, overfull hboxes, etc.). The compile time with microtype is about 4 ...
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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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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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How to install the latest version of microtype (v. 2.5) in Linux (Ubuntu)?

How to install the latest version of microtype (v. 2.5) in Linux (Ubuntu) ? (also, is v. 2.5 still in beta?) Edit I'm using this ppa https://launchpad.net/~texlive-backports/+archive/ppa/ which ...
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Spacing in \chaptertitlename

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass{book} \usepackage{titlesec} \usepackage{lipsum} % just to generate text for the example \usepackage[tracking=smallcaps]{microtype} ...
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How can I fix a problem where italics prevent line breaking when using microtype? [duplicate]

I wish to use protrusion and expansion from microtype as I like the look you get with them. I use amsthm and typeset theorems in italic as usual (with \theoremstyle{plain}). With microtype enabled, ...
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LuaTeX error (font expansion): font has been expanded with different expansion step

I am suddenly getting the following error when trying to compile my document with LuaLaTeX and my simple question is: what does it mean? LuaTeX error (font expansion): font has been expanded with ...
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How to get microtype to work with mathematical minus sign and package lmodern?

Using the package microtype by including the line \usepackage{microtype} in the preamble subtly alters the appearance of a typeset document by, amongst other things, letting optically less dense ...
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Inconsistent OSF in Table of Contents using Microtype, LuaLaTeX and Tocstyle [closed]

My table of contents should have the following properties: oldstyle figures for page numbers and labels chapter entries in spaced, lowercase smallcaps numbers close (en-space) to the entries, no ...
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How to install microtype 2.8 beta? [duplicate]

I want to test microtype 2.8 beta, to get better typography support for XeLaTeX as proposed elsewhere. However, I could not find any reference online how to install the latest beta version, neither ...
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microtype - does beta 08 exist, or is beta 07 the latest? [closed]

I see lots of mention of microtype beta-08, including on the tlcontrib page itself, but my downloaded version (from that page) reports itself as: 2011/08/18 v2.5 beta-07 when I run LuaLaTeX. Am I ...
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Using microtype protrusion with XeTeX and Ubuntu

I believe I have all the correct versions of the software at hand and installed (v. 2.5 of microtype and .9998 of XeTeX) to get protrusion to work with XeTeX on my Ubuntu system but I keep getting an ...
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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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Squeezing/shrinking text horizontally

How can I 'squeeze' or 'shrink' some text horizontally? I've heard of the microtype package but I'm not familiar with its options. I tried playing around with it but I could only get it to shrink the ...
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An Example from the Microtype Documentation

While exploring the depths of the microtype package with regard to LuaTeX I came across this innocent looking page 18 from the microtype.pdf 2.5 beta-08. As the blue note in the margins hints a ...
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Strange microtype behaviour

I am trying to use the microtype package as illustrated in this page: http://texblog.net/latex-archive/layout/pdflatex-microtype/. But I am getting this output instead: So any ideas why this is ...
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protrusion issue - pdftex bug, microtype bug or LaTeX bug?

While finishing an article for TUGboat I came across a strange behavior of the protrusion mechanism of pdfTeX (as implemented by the microtype package). The character \ in typewriter has a negative ...
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microtype protrusion incompatible quote, changemargin and adjustwidth environments

Here is my problem. I need some text to have a reduced margin. Unfortunately, none of the suggested methods of doing this appear to be compatible with microtype protrusion. Is this a bug? Is there a ...
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Conflict between microtype, LuaLaTeX, and otf fonts when typesetting material in small-caps

I'm using the microtype package (microtype beta 2.5 build 08) to modify my document and I'd like to retain its functionality across all font shapes with the exception of small-caps (\scshape). How do ...
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microtype settings for Adobe Caslon Pro?

Has anyone developed microtype settings for Adobe Caslon Pro? After a lot of searching, I cannot find a definitive upstream source for the microtype package, and the latest version I can find (2.5 ...
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Letterspacing titles with LuaLaTeX

I'm using LuaLaTeX to write my thesis and I've been learning about typography thanks to Robert Bringhurst's "The elements of typographic style". Problem is I can't replicate the letterspacing used in ...
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Half of a document in pdfLaTeX, half in XeLaTeX

As far as I know, I cannot use microtype in XeLaTeX, and cannot use fontspec in pdfLaTeX. I am rendering Chinese symbols only on one page, and I need this line: \newfontfamily{\J}[Scale=0.85]{Osaka} ...
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Using savetrees with LuaLaTeX

Apparently I can't use savetrees with lualatex - is there another way to expand the writable area to the whole page (for US-letter currently, I think other people are interested in A4)? I get this ...
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Which font expansion parameters are ideal for different fonts?

Following up on this question Set font expansion so that distortion is not noticeable I think a list of fonts and their respective ideal stretch and shrink parameters is missing. This would be a great ...
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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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lualatex: smallcaps and microtype don't work together

Compiling the following MWE with lualatex doesn't produce small caps. There are no font warnings. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \newfontfeature{Microtype}{protrusion=default, ...
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Xelatex, mathspec and microtype - weird error messages

I've tried to compile a document with XeLaTeX (TeXLive 2012) and both mathspec and microtype (version 2.5 which supports XeLaTeX). I need a 10.5pt font in the document, so I redefine the \normalsize ...