# Defining individual glyphs breaks kerning

When I create shortcuts for individual glyphs, no kerning is applied.

\documentclass{article}
\newcommand{\myF}{\textit{f}}
\newcommand{\myA}{\textit{a}}
\begin{document}
\myF\myA\par \textit{fa}
\end{document}


Any way to retain kerning without having to type things like \textit{fa} directly?

Anticipating some questions about why I do this:

Just to make it clear, I define such shortcuts for more sensisble cases than the one above, such as (1) when the glyphs aren't characters you can find on a keyboard, and I want to avoid typing things like \char"XXXX every time, codes I would have to look up all the time, and (2) when using a transcription system in which upright and italic glyphs mean different things - in which case I predefine each glyph (many of which aren't even in Unicode) so that I don't need to remember whether that specific glyph in that context is supposed to be italic or upright.

\documentclass{article}
\newcommand{\myF}{\textit{f}}
\newcommand{\myA}{\textit{a}}
\newcommand{\yourF}{\begingroup\itshape f\endgroup}
\newcommand{\yourA}{\begingroup\itshape a\endgroup}
\begin{document}

\myF\myA

\yourF\yourA

\textit{fa}
\end{document}

• I get the same with {\itshape f}, so why the {\begingroup .. \endgroup}? – Sverre Sep 1 '15 at 11:50
• @Sverre: Remove them and then try out \yourF abc clclclc – Ulrike Fischer Sep 1 '15 at 12:09
• @UlrikeFischer I did - I see no difference ... ?? – Sverre Sep 1 '15 at 12:12
• You should. Without the grouping the following text should be in italic too. – Ulrike Fischer Sep 1 '15 at 12:13
• @UlrikeFischer Oh! But that happens with \begingroup ... \endgroup as well! – Sverre Sep 1 '15 at 12:16