[OS X TeX] Font with support for french punctuation

Jean-Claude DE SOZA jeanclaudedesoza at orange.fr
Mon Apr 28 09:11:58 CEST 2014

Bonjour Axel,

Sorry for my late answer!

First a short course of French punctuation: you must insert a space before a double punctuation symbol  : ; ? !  but the space before is thinner then a normal espace.

Only the babel package with frenchb option or the e-french package can make the space before thinner then the normal space.

Try adding \usepackage[frenchb]{babel} or \usepackage[]{french} in the preamble and you will be O.K. 
When commenting or uncommenting this line, you will see the difference.

You can obtain the e-french package (formerly French package from Bernard Gaulle) on CTAN.

Jean-Claude DE SOZA
jeanclaudedesoza at orange.fr

> ---------- Original Message ----------
> De: Axel Kielhorn <tex at axelkielhorn.de>
> Objet: [OS X TeX] Font with support for french punctuation
> Date: 18 mars 2014 11:05:07 UTC+1
> À: TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List <macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu>
> Bonjour!
> </french>
> With OpenType features it should be possible to increase the kerning between the last letter and a [!?:;] when the language french is selected.
> I had a look some of the common free fonts I have on my computer, but there seems no support for that.
> * Language 'French' not available for font 'fontname' with script
> * 'Latin'.
> Is my testfile incorrect or are there no fonts that support "Language=French"?
> Running
> for i in *.ttf ; do  otfinfo -s "$i" >> ~/scripts.txt ; done
> on /Library/Fonts indicates that there is no Latin/French support.
> Does anyone know a font that supports this option?
> (Preferably a free font.)
> Axel
> <french.tex>
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