# [texhax] Awful looking output

Tue Oct 13 06:30:00 CEST 2009

On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 01:13:32PM -0400, Michael Barr wrote:
> Try this:
> $HW=WH$
>
> Don't TeX's kerning tables usually do a better job than this.

Well, that's the kerning for the math italic font.  You might be
tempted to use text italic font:

${\it HW} = {\it WH}$

but then you'd have to watch out for ligatures:

$coefficient$

$\it coefficient$

If this is a product of c, o, e, ..., n, t, then the ligatures are
inappropriate; but if it is a multi-letter identifier/variable name,
then \it is the way to go.

Best,
Oleg