Control Fractions in QuarkXPress

QuarkXPress has a handy feature that automatically formats any arbitrary fraction (15/16, for example) as a true fraction. Just select the fraction and choose Style> Type Style> Make Fraction.

Recently, James Felici wrote an excellent article on how to create true fractions (using any numbers) in both InDesign and QuarkXPress. Read it at www.creativepro.com/article/fractional-improvements

In it, he refers to setting the Fraction/Price preference (QuarkXPress>Preferences>Fraction/Price) values. My favorite part is this:

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To set your QuarkXPress preferences at the high end of this range, use the following values, and make sure you’ve checked Fraction Slash:

Numerator:
Offset 28%
V(ertical) scale 60%
H(orizontal) scale 60%
Kern -15

Subscript (denominator):
Offset 0%
V(ertical) scale 60%
H(orizontal) scale 60%
Kern 0

There’s no universal kerning formula, so start with no extra kerning and see how it goes.

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He also explains the meaning of these settings, so be sure to read the story carefully.

Here’s an example of the difference between Quark’s default settings and Jim’s recommended settings: