[Dev-luatex] letterspacing and (no) ligatures

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Thu Feb 10 13:56:37 CET 2011



On 02/10/11 13:53, Patrick Gundlach wrote:
>>
>>> * in pdftex, \letterspacefont does not disable the ligatures, but this is what happens in luatex.
>>
>> IMO that's a desireable behaviour, not a bug. See Bringhurst, Oliver Simon's _Introduction to Typography_ &c.
>>
>> A control to turn it off or on (defaulting to disabling the ligatures) would be okay, but I've had to put a lot of effort into turning off ligatures when letterspacing and it's a pain.
> 
> In older german texts ligatures are not letter spaced. For example:
> 
> B i s m a r ck
> 
> (the ck ligature is not seperated)

Neither was ij in dutch, but ff was separated. Which just goes to show
you that doing letterspacing automatically is hard....


More information about the dev-luatex mailing list