I use pdfLaTeX with Polish documents. In Polish quotation marks look like this: „Lorem”. With package polski, one can use them in LaTeX with ,,Lorem''. All was well, but I recently discovered the amazing microtype package.

Unfortunately, protrusion just doesn't want to work with Polish :

Actual result

As you can see, regular English quotes are treated differently from Polish ones.

What I would expect would be something like this:

Expected result

Here is minimal code example:



``Lorem'' \newline
,,Lorem'' \newline


My question is: how to make output look like the second image?

  • I did not use LaTeX for 20 years or so but I read this group exactly for that: to learn things I would have never known otherwise (Polish quoting in that case). Thanks for that.
    – WoJ
    Feb 26, 2019 at 11:15

2 Answers 2


Use T1 fontencoding instead of OT4 (default).



``Lorem'' \newline
,,Lorem'' \newline
Lorem \newline
ć, ń, ó, ś, ź, ż, ą, ę, ł \newline
Ć, Ń, Ó, Ś, Ź, Ż, Ą, Ę, Ł


enter image description here


EDIT: This has been fixed in version 2.7b (28 Feb 2019).

The default microtype configuration lacks protrusion settings for the ligature. You can add them like this (in the preamble):

   [ name     = cmr-OT4,
     load     = cmr-OT1]
   { encoding = OT4,
     family   = cmr  }
      "FF = {500,300}

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