# [XeTeX] letter spacing

Will Robertson wspr81 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 5 00:38:55 CEST 2006

```On 04/06/2006, at 22:04 , Adam Twardoch wrote:

> For some reason, I always assumed that this would be a trivial
> thing to
> do in TeX. I guess it's one of the myths of "excellent typographic
> control offered by TeX" that actually turns out to be false :/

:)

Perhaps Knuth thought it trivial to create a new font metric file to
incorporate spaced caps. I agree a tracking method in XeTeX would be
nice.

\font\1="Palatino:tracking=+0.1em"

In both cases, the natural kerning would be respected and adjusted by
the specified amount. Contrast this to the present behaviour

V\kern-0.1em A

which kerns the letters exactly by the specified amount.
This makes fine-tuning slightly more difficult.