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Kerning Pairs

Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:28 pm
by Lesley Prince
Of the many difficulties I've encountered creating fonts is the question of spacing and kerning. No matter how carefully I think I've examined my font, there are always some nasty surprises when I actually use it in a real setting. To help I have created a word document with all kerning pairs using Upper and Lower Case letters and Numerals. I haven't bothered with the special characters (yet). I am attaching it here in case it may be of some use to others. It is quite a long document, but it is flexible, and although some of the pairings are highly unlikely I have not presumed to decide in advance which should be excluded. It is in docx and doc formats, and is completely editable. If anyone wants one in another format I will be happy to supply it if I can.
Lesley Prince

Re: Kerning Pairs

Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:10 pm
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Plain text format is best.

There are some test files at Kern King that you may find useful.

Kerning and spacing is one of the most time-consuming tasks, and one of the most difficult to get right. Months after uploading my updated Pali font, I am still tweaking the kerning pairs after coming across pairs that look too tight when editing my books. I always seem to err on the side of making them too tight.

I hope one day we will get improvements to auto-kerning.

Re: Kerning Pairs

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:25 pm
by Lesley Prince
Hello again Bikkhu. I also seem to get the spacing too tight, but occasionally come across a pair that seem miles away from each other. Thank you for your advice. I have produced a version of the test document in RTF and also taken the opportunity to edit it slightly as well so that it occupies only 7 pages instead of the original 20 odd.
Best wishes

Re: Kerning Pairs

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:10 pm
by Dick Pape
Here are three documents which can be used to test or display kerning issues.
kerning test01.txt
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kerning test02.txt
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kerning test03.txt
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