Is it possible to get italic correction work in math mode?

I found that F or C followed by a \forall extremely ugly in TeX/LaTeX, and inserting \/ like F \/ \forall does not help.

Is F \, \forall the recommended solution? Or is it possible to use a mechanism similar to italic correction in text mode?

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    There is no italic correction in math mode, since $f$ is not italics. Also, \forall is just a symbol that translates to for all rather than it being an operator that acts on certain operands (left and/or right). So, the spacing is ultimately up to you.
    – Werner
    Nov 6, 2014 at 1:27
  • I don't know if it would help you but you can rotate a capital a upside down with $\rotatebox{180}{A}$.
    – hkviktor
    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:24
  • @hkviktor - How exactly might rotating the letter "A" 180 degrees help with kerning?
    – Mico
    Nov 6, 2014 at 5:54
  • @Werner I understand that \forall is not an operator, but the F touches the \forall that follows, which I found ugly. Nov 6, 2014 at 10:16
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    @TonyBetaLambda I usually write \forall after a comma and a space, the space is usually a normal space \ or a \enskip (half of an \quad) in inline math and a full \quad in display math. E.g., $\forall x \in \mathbb{C}, \enskip \exists \alpha_0 > 1$.
    – Manuel
    Nov 6, 2014 at 12:02

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As mentioned in comments, there is no italic correction in math-mode. There may be fonts which provide a better kerning in this case and of course, you could ask the maintainer of your font to include kerning pairs for C\forall and F\forall.

But actually I would not recommend that as it gets difficult to read if set too close together. I would treat \forall like a real word and therefore write something like $C\ \forall\ x$.

If you want to have some special kerning different to your proposed \, you might use my following MWE. Of course, you could define macros for often used combinations (\newcommand*{\Cforall}{C\,\forall}) or define your own \forall (\newcommand*{\myForall}{\,\forall\,}). The last option is quite similar to what the command \in is producing...

% arara: pdflatex


    $C\forall x$\\
    $C\mkern4mu\forall\mkern4mu x$\\
    $C\ \forall\ x$

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  • An off-topic: how are these nice figures generated? Nov 12, 2014 at 14:45
  • @TonyBetaLambda I used the package lua-visual-debug for this.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Nov 12, 2014 at 16:00

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