In U&lc Online, Ilene Strizver wrote a helpful article about changing the default text settings in QuarkXPress and InDesign. I think her recommendations are terrific.
One addition I would make to her story is to suggest that you change the default Small Caps setting in QuarkXPress from to 85% high and 95% wide. This makes them look slightly thicker, more closely matching the weight of the tall caps. Try it and you’ll see what I mean. You can change those defaults under QuarkXPress> Preferences> Document> Character (Mac) or File> Preferences> Document> Character (Win).
The result looks like this:
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.