[OS X TeX] Re: The microtype mystery

George Gratzer gratzer at me.com
Thu Aug 26 00:11:26 EDT 2010

Thank you, Robert, for the advice.

The book I am writing now is on lattices (math), no acronyms, no small caps.

For the next LaTeX book, I will follow your advice.

Thanks again,


On 2010-08-25, at 6:46 PM, Robert wrote:

> On 24.08.10 16:06, George Gratzer wrote:
>> One closing question. I just use
>> \usepackage{microtype}
>> Should I bother learning the options? Should I use some?
> In general, microtype tries to do its best without the user having to tell it, so just loading it without any options should be sufficient in most cases.
> One option that might be worthwhile looking into, though, is the "tracking" option (if you use small caps in your document). E.g. loading microtype with the options "tracking=smallcaps,letterspace=30" will slightly letterspace all small caps. (The aim being to "invisibilise" them, ie. to prevent that they stand out on the text page due to their greater "grey value". The number for the "letterspace" option therefore depends on the characteristics of the respective font. If you look at the page from a distance, and you cannot distinguish the small caps immediately, then it's right.)
> Similarly, should you typeset acronyms in capitals: "\textls[50]{UNIX}" will be less obtrusive than "UNIX", where the amount, again, depends on the font.
> Regards,
> -- 
> Robert
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