[XeTeX] \sloppy or \tolerance with fontspec

John Hughes jkhughes2 at googlemail.com
Mon Mar 9 18:30:47 CET 2009

My apologies: the example you posted worked fine for me. I am not sure
what I did wrong first time round, but it looks like this was my
mistake after all.


2009/3/7 Jonathan Kew <jfkthame at googlemail.com>:
> On 7 Mar 2009, at 14:04, John Hughes wrote:
>> When I compile a LaTeX document with XeLaTeX and the fontspec package,
>> \sloppy, \sloppypar and \tolerance (set to any value) have no effect.
>> The commands work fine with LaTeX, pdfLaTeX, and XeLaTeX without
>> fontspec. I am using MikTeX 2.7 on Windows. Is this a feature or a bug
>> in fontspec? Is there a way of changing the tolerance in XeTeX with
>> fontspec?
> I don't think fontspec touches \tolerance. With an example like:
> %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
> \documentclass{article}
> \usepackage{fontspec}
> \setmainfont{Times New Roman}
> \usepackage{lipsum}
> \begin{document}
> \lipsum[4]
> \sloppy
> \lipsum[4]
> \end{document}
> %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
> I see \sloppy having the expected effect (the first paragraph has an
> overfull hbbox; the second doesn't, but has some worse spacing).
> Perhaps the particular combinations of text and fonts you were using
> just didn't happen to come out any different with changed \tolerance?
> JK
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