# [NTG-context] Oddity: \buildtextaccent shifts glyph right

Thomas A. Schmitz thomas.schmitz at uni-bonn.de
Sun Sep 6 18:20:22 CEST 2015

On 06.09.2015 17:27, Rik wrote:
> It seems that \buildtextaccent\textacute q (or \buildtextaccent´q) moves
> the q to the right within the character’s bounding box. The following
> example (and attached resulting pdf) demonstrates this. Lines 1 and 2
> show the string with and without the \buildtextaccent, and lines 4 and 6
> repeat that in italic.  The strings are the same width, but the q is
> moved right. Lines 3 and 6 show a manual kerning of the q to improve
> appearance.

\buildtextaccent has to take some heuristics about horizontal and
vertical placement and is sometimes wrong about it. Since your case is
somewhat special, I would define a macro for the que symbol and adjust
the boxes manually - but then, you'll have to adapt it to italic and
upright (and bold) and different font sizes. Depends on how important
typographical beauty is to you - either a medium-quality solution for
all cases or better quality and manual fiddling... Something like

\definefontfamily [test] [serif] [ebgaramond]

\setupbodyfont [test,12pt]

\define\que%
{\bgroup
\setbox0\hbox{q}%
\setbox2\hbox to \wd0{\kern0.3em\switchtobodyfont[6pt] ʒ}%
\setbox4\hbox to \wd0{\kern0.1em\textacute}%
\hbox to \wd0 \bgroup
\hss\copy0\hss
\hskip-\wd0
\raise-0.45ex\copy2
\hskip-\wd0
\raise0.1ex\copy4
\egroup
\egroup\autoinsertnextspace}

\starttext

{\it Dicit\que mihi}

\stoptext

(btw, the example you sent uses Latin Modern).

Thomas