# [texhax] kerning problem when using MinionPro

Axel E. Retif axretif at igo.com.mx
Tue May 8 07:26:26 CEST 2007

```On  7 May, 2007, at 10:05, Yuri Robbers wrote:

> Dear All,
>
> I am typesetting a collection of short stories with the Adobe
> Minion Pro fonts I've bought with this purpose in mind. I'm using
> the MinionPro package from CTAN , and have set up the font files
> and all the necessary auxiliary files exactly as described in the
> documentation with that wonderful package.
>
> Now everything works fine, except for one niggly-naggly little
> problem. Sometimes an apostrophe is used, such as in "She'd" or
> "Don't". Of course this literary practice is frowned upon in formal
> documents, but in fiction it is often unavoidable, as it is in many
> instances in this collection. The problem I encounter is that the
> kerning of that apostrophe is wrong when using MinionPro. It looks
> like pdfLaTeX has typeset - for example - "shed" and squeezed in an
> apostrophe as an afterthought, rather than typesetting "she'd", as
> it should do.
>
> Now I can of course experiment a bit with manual kerning, and come
> up with the right numbers to go with the \kern commands before and
> after the apostrophe, but is there a way to fix things
> documentwide, preferably in my preamble?

This was a topic on the MinionPro project mailing list:

https://lists.berlios.de/pipermail/minionpro-devel/2006-January/

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Now the bad news ---I'm still using the same version you do (the one
on CTAN), not the 2.1rc3 on BerliOS, but I don't think there is much
the developers can do ---I tried in InDesign and the result was no
much better using the metrics kerning option; optical kerning does a
better job though.