This is a recurring topic, but I haven't found a satisfactory and up-to-date answer. I apologize for any redundancy.

I'd like to use Hoefler Text within Linux/Tex Live. I installed the font as a system font. I load it with Lualatex.

Writing in French, Hoefler has some problems with properly kerning the apostrophe:

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L\mbox{'}exemple is better:

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However, this is not practical. Given that microtype's kerning is not available in Lualatex, how would you best solve the issue? Is this achievable through \directlua? Should I install the font to be used through pdfTex?

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    – Thérèse
    Apr 18, 2023 at 13:45
  • Thanks I could have spot this post. One last question if I may: how would you define the space between the L et the apostrophe as achieved with \mbox without defining the kerning for L?
    – jfk
    Apr 19, 2023 at 14:46
  • Sorry, I don’t understand what you’re asking in your comment. Maybe I need more caffeine.
    – Thérèse
    Apr 21, 2023 at 16:39
  • Do you use babel?
    – projetmbc
    May 6, 2023 at 19:03

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After some testing, I realised that the problematic kerning was rather between the "L" et the apostrophe (I also sligthly corrected the "T"):

    name = "kern",
    type = "kern",
    data = {                        
    ["L"] = { ["quoteright"] = 300 },
    ["T"] = { ["quoteright"] = 100 },
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    Another useful reason why LuaLaTeX is awesome!
    – user287367
    May 6, 2023 at 19:04

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