I use Minion Pro and XeLaTeX together with the tufte class. There is an issue with caps in headers (as can be noticed if removing the two line marked %% headings fixes below). My fix is to use the myheadings option – but I get a strange effect where the running headers only use up the main text block width and not the full width (the main block + sidenotes).

\setmainfont{Minion Pro}

\title{Example of tufte headings problem}

%% headings fixes
\markboth{\textsc{example of tufte headings problem}}{\textsc{example of tufte headings problem}}



\section{First section}

First section body.


Second page.


Notice how the headings only uses the main text block width and not the full width of the page.


What could be a solution?

1 Answer 1


Tufte uses fancyhdr for headings, and your work-around is clobbering it. If you want to redefine the header manually, use the fancyhdr way of doing it (using \fancyhead).

But there is a better way anyway.

The root cause of your difficulty is that when loaded with XeLaTeX, the tufte class does not know how to construct its \smallcaps and \allcaps macros, which produce spaced small and large capitals. It's \smallcaps that is used in the heading, which is what produces your problem.

I think the better way to achieve what you want is to get those working, using fontspec. The following seems to work

\renewcommand\smallcapsspacing[1]{{\addfontfeature{LetterSpace = 8}\scshape#1}}
\renewcommand\allcapsspacing[1]{{\addfontfeature{LetterSpace = 15}#1}}

You can then dispense with your workaround. The side-effect is that (as the class wants, and as is good practice) your capitals and small caps are spaced, and \allcaps and \smallcaps will work as they should. If you find the space too great, reduce the LetterSpace number somewhat. I aimed for numbers that I thought roughly matched the tufte figures.

  • That's great. Since I had a very long title I then used the optional short title for \title : \title[Short title]{Long … … title}– it works as I intended.
    – trmdttr
    Commented May 16, 2013 at 12:28
  • I guess this should be fixed in the tufte-class, to work with XeLaTeX – but that´s for another forum…
    – trmdttr
    Commented May 16, 2013 at 12:29

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