The default “small caps” proportions in QuarkXPress are ugly — they’re too small, and the small caps appear thinner than the tall caps.
One solution is to make the small caps slightly wider than the tall caps. This makes them slightly thicker, to more closely match the weight of the tall caps.
To do this in any version of QuarkXPress, change the Small Caps preference from its default width and height 75% to 85% high and 90% wide in QuarkXPress> Preferences> Print Layout> Character.
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.