[texhax] Correcting for math-mode kerning before commas and periods?

geolsoft at mail.ru geolsoft at mail.ru
Sun Oct 16 11:26:15 CEST 2005

On Fri, Oct 14, 2005 at 06:05:26AM -0700, Alexander McCormmach wrote:
> Is there any way to define a command which, when placed either just
> before the period (or comma) or just inside the final "$", will
> un-hskip or un-kern the unwanted space that TeX is inserting?

I've checked several non-TeX math books, and they all have
italics correction in such cases (one of the books is by
Addison-Wesley dated 1976, so it must be reliable).  My
guess is that this is actually the tradition to put italics
correction here, maybe to avoid mistaking punctuation for
being part of the formula.  Does anyone have any idea about
this?  (Of course, even if this is so, the problem of
eliminating the kern is still there, maybe for cases when
math mode is used for something other than math).

Best regards,
Oleg Katsitadze

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