[XeTeX] (bug?) letterspacing with LetterSpace and soul

Pablo Rodríguez oinos at web.de
Sat Jun 5 01:50:32 CEST 2010

On 06/01/2010 09:22 PM, John Was wrote:
> Hello Pablo
> [...]
> So the lines to paste in before a Greek passage (to see if they would
> work) are:
> \font \myfont =
> "MinionPro-Regular:+onum:mapping=tex-text:letterspace=12" at 12pt
> \tolerance 500
> \myfont
> \uselanguage{ancientgreek}
> That should give you quite generously letterspaced Greek, with correct
> hyphenation. (If these commands need to be modified for use in a LaTeX
> environment, I'm sure someone else on this list will leap in. I *hope*
> it's not the case that if you are using fontspec and/or polyglossia you
> are then precluded from using the more primitive commands and macros
> that come bundled with (Xe)Tex.)

Hi John,

I have tried your proposal, but I'm afraid it didn't work well. I mean, 
it found another hyphenation point, but line breaking was also wrong.

I have just accidentally discovered that letterspacing is problematic in 
standard TeX as described in 

It might be that soul is a better option with XeTeX.

Thanks for your help,


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