Consider this MWE:


\textellipsis\ /
\ldots\ /
… /

With pdfLaTeX, I get this result:

Ellipsis (pdflatex)

While XeLaTeX produces this:

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The kerning is obviously wrong. Now, I understand that XeLaTeX is working with a Unicode glyph here, but I want to turn this replacement off for \textellipsis (or \ldots for that matter).

To be clear, 95% of the time I'm using pdfLaTeX, so this is not a big problem; I just want to understand what's going on.


With XeLaTeX, \textellipsis is defined to produce the character U+2026. Since \ldots used in text mode is the same as \textellipsis, this is the command to be changed.

You can avoid this and also make produce \ldots:






\textellipsis X

\ldots X




Using three period in a row is always wrong.

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  • I agree, I would never use three periods in a row, I just included that for the sake of comparison. – vbwx Jan 12 at 15:26

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