[texhax] Tex Queries (3): Cases for italic correction
paulrichardstanley at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 01:59:44 CEST 2012
> regarding the lack of an italic correction
> on the d, paul stanley asks,
> Am I correct in thinking that there's very little italic correction
> possible for the d? If my memory serves me well, the right-most point on
> the baseline is very close to the actual right-most point of the glyph
> (the real width?)
> no, actually quite a bit of correction could
> be made for the italic d. although the d is
> a bit less tall than the ell, the slope is
> the same, and the top serifs have similar
> shape so they don't have any effect.
> so "dx" has quite a different appearance than
> "lx", although if both d and l are variables,
> one would expect about the same space between
> them and the x. and it's not there with d.
> if one is using d as a variable (though it's
> apparently rather rare, relative to the use
> of d as the differential), manual spacing
> is sometimes necessary (for computer modern).
is this --- and other similar apparent inconsistenceis --- part of
the basic makeup of TeX (i.e. the primitives), or are they part of a
more high-level TeX format specification (e.g. plain TeX) and can
therefore be changed at that level if required?
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