Ligatures prevent letter collisions

Certain combinations of letters collide. Typesetting two times the letter “f” results in an accident waiting to happen:

ff: de letter f gevolgd door nog een f

The horizontal bars almost touch each other, that looks weird. For some other typefaces, the curly top of the two f’s can collide. Luckily, typesetters made one special leaden letter for this situation ages ago. Instead of typesetting two separate letters f, one specially designed double f, a so-called ligature, is used: 

Twee keer de letter f als ligatuur

The dot from a letter “i” can combine awful with a letter f:

fi: de letter f gevolgd door de letter i

Thus, a well-known ligature is: 

Ligatuur fi

People using LaTeX do not need to worry about the use of ligatures. LaTeX replaces automatically certain combinations of letters by ligatures during typesetting. Thus, the word “efficiency” will be typeset efficiently using:

Ligatuur ffi

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