I just noticed that for kpfonts and times (and probably other fonts since it does not seem to be font-related), the subscripts on boldface letters like V are (I would say) wrong. Is there an explanation?

$\mathbf{A}_a$ $A_a$ $\mathbf{V}_a$ $V_a$

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  • Have you tried just using \bf{A}_a? I was instructed by more senior posters here to never use \mathbf{ } in mathmode.
    – user16208
    Oct 28, 2012 at 6:02
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    @Jase I believe that senior posters here recommend to never use \bf.
    – egreg
    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:30
  • @egreg Oh yes, you're right. I had a false memory.
    – user16208
    Oct 28, 2012 at 11:06

1 Answer 1


Implicit kerning is not taken into account for math letters and their subscripts. Only the italic correction is considered. As workaround the spacing can be manually fixed, e.g.:

$\mathbf{A}_a^a$ $A_a^a$ $\mathbf{V}_a^a$ $V_a^a$
$\mathbf{V}_{\!\!a}$ $V_{\!a}$


Package times does not matter, because it was only used for the page number.

  • Thanks. And this implicit kerning could be taken into account in the future, or it is just not possible.
    – pluton
    Oct 28, 2012 at 15:23

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