Optimal use of horizontal space using kerning

Apart from the use of ligatures, the horizontal placement of individual characters can be optimized. For example, an “e” next to a capital “Y” can be shifted somewhat to the left, such that this e can shelter a bit under the roof provided by Y. This looks better to the eye compared to the standard horizontal space used between characters. 


Set your Text always loads the microtype package. This ensures automatic minor adjustments to character placement. What does that mean? Have a look at the figure above (or this pdf file or the view below this blog text), then you will see the effect of microtype.