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,

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as opposed to

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with the corresponding font package and normal pdfLaTeX. I want to use LuaLaTeX for some fancy ligatures, and XeLaTeX messes everything up.

Using the ebgaramond package in LuaLaTeX doesn't help.

  • microtype doesn't go well with luaLaTeX.
    – user11232
    Sep 12, 2013 at 0:04
  • @HarishKumar Is there a way to loose-track small caps outside of \usepackage[tracking]{microtype} but while not interfering with microtype's other duties? In other words, can I achieve this effect while keeping microtype for my other stuff? Sep 12, 2013 at 0:06
  • There is beta version of microtype but I am not sure as to what extent it is good. I don't have much experience with lua. Let us wait for luatexperts :-)
    – user11232
    Sep 12, 2013 at 0:23
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    You need to load the font with Renderer=Basic (see here). The upcoming version of microtype will also work with the Full renderer.
    – Robert
    Sep 12, 2013 at 17:12
  • This is also the same problem. Duplicate?
    – Robert
    Sep 12, 2013 at 17:20

1 Answer 1


If you provide the instruction


then the tracking option of the microtype package seems to work correctly:

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% !TEX TS-program = lualatex
\setmainfont{EB Garamond}
\textsc{Christianity} Christianity
  • You are not using tracking in the example.
    – Robert
    Sep 12, 2013 at 17:16
  • @Robert - Thanks for pointing this out. Adding the instruction \defaultfontfeatures{SmallCapsFeatures={Renderer=Basic}} seems to do the job if tracking is enabled. I'll update my example accordingly.
    – Mico
    Sep 12, 2013 at 18:51

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