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I am writing in Hebrew, but my output doesn't look so good because the spaces between thew Hebrew words are too big. They are somehow bigger than usual, and also the font itself, just doesn't look good!

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I am using MiKTeX distribution, and installed Culmus fonts. I may have also installed "ivritex" once, before. Could "ivritex" interfere with "Culmus" and cause the problem?

Has anyone encountered this problem or know how to solve it? I have tested the hebrew on LyX too, and it also produces this problem. I wanted to attach a picture to show the problem, but as I am a new user, I can't do it :-(

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    In order to add a picture, provide instead a link to it; a user with suitable privileges can add it for you. Can you also provide an example of code?
    – egreg
    Commented Sep 17, 2011 at 21:23
  • I used the same code as the following website: he.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaTeX and my picture is here: imageshack.us/photo/my-images/600/hebo.png
    – PineApple
    Commented Sep 17, 2011 at 21:28
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    If you don't like spaces, this can be changed. But if you don't like the font, why not just use another? I tried this text with XeLaTeX and Times New Roman and this is the result: i.sstatic.net/Qy8lc.png Does it look better? Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 15:31
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    Do you find inter-word spaces too big for your taste also when paragraphs are not justified? e.g. in the last paragraph of your example? If the answer is 'no', then your issue is with the paragraph justification logic of TeX (which probably has a more accurate term for it); if it is 'yes', then your issue is with the minimum or default space between words which TeX users for the font that you're using. I think.
    – einpoklum
    Commented Oct 29, 2011 at 9:33
  • @EyalRozenberg: Please convert your comment into an answer.
    – lockstep
    Commented Dec 3, 2011 at 21:51

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PineApple, do you find inter-word spaces too big for your taste also when paragraphs are not justified? e.g. in the last paragraph of your example?

  • "No": Your issue is with the paragraph justification logic of TeX (for which there is probably a more accurate term).
  • "Yes": Your issue is with the minimum or default space between words which TeX uses for the current font.

Also, no, I believe 'ivritex' and 'culmus' cannot interfere with each other in a way which messes up spacing.

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  • I didn't understand. how exactly can I change the spacing between the hebrew letters? Commented Aug 20, 2012 at 18:22
  • @roi.holtzman: This question is about inter-word, spacing, not intra-word (inter-letter) spacing. You can ask your questions separately...
    – einpoklum
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 19:58

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