# [texhax] Awful looking output

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Wed Oct 14 02:44:58 CEST 2009

On 13 October 2009 Michael Barr wrote:

> On Tue, 13 Oct 2009, hh wrote:
>
> > Look the attachment.
> >
> > Kerning is working.
> >
> > \$\mathit{HW} = \mathit{WH}\$
> >
> > or
> >
> > \$.. \mathit{coefficient}.. \$
> > hh
>
> All this is true, but the point was that you should not put math formulas
> in \mathit (which is for italic text) or, at any rate, you should not have
> to do so.  It is arguable that it was the WH that was wrong since there
> was not enough space and it looked like text, not math mode.  Whatever,
> TeX is supposed to work out the spacing automatically and doesn't.

No.  Kerning tables have nothing to do with TeX at all.  They are font
specific.  TeX uses whatever is in the .tfm files, regardless where
they come from.

Regards,
Reinhard

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