I’ve been playing around with microtype’s protusion-capabilities and LuaLaTeX, but faced a problem regarding old-style superscript numbers. The regular numbers protrude. This code



    {1={ ,1000},2={ ,1000},3={ ,500},4={ ,500},5={ ,500},
     6={ ,1000},7={ ,1000},8={ ,1000},9={ ,500},0={ ,500}}

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yields this:

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(value 1000 is set for the sake of clarity; it’s a bit too large). However, if I change the option to old-style numbers


they don’t protrude anymore. (They do with pdfLaTeX, though.)

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Is it possible to change that?

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    You need to reference the oldstyle numbers by glyph name: \SetProtrusion{encoding={TU},family=LibertinusSerif}{/one.oldstyle={,1000}}.
    – Robert
    Commented Jan 22, 2022 at 14:55
  • @Robert : That did the trick. I looked up the specific glyph in the font-file, and it was referenced as one.taboldstyle.
    – Kubo
    Commented Jan 22, 2022 at 15:34

1 Answer 1


microtype in combination with LuaTeX (and XeTeX) is able to reference font-specific glyph-names with the prefix »/«. The case described in the documentation is the ligature »fl« which can be addressed with »/f_l«

In the case of oldstyle-number for »1«, this is done by


This yields:

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The font-specific glyph-names can be retrieved e.g. by searching the font-file with FontForge:

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The solution was provided by Robert in a comment.

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