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Ramiro Espinoza's picture
Joined: 10 Jun 2002 - 11:15am

Please, forgive I am a neophite in type design and fontographer. I need to know some important issues about fontographer:

1- Do you set kerning pairs for acentuated characters like “À”, “”, ö?
A professional font must got it?

In that case: Does exits, for example, some way to copy the kerning pairs setted for “A” to the character “À”?
What is the usual way to do that?

2- What’s is the object of the command “Equalize sidebearings”. I see some font which got it and other fonts doesn’t.

It’s only good for the numbers?
This must be made at the end of the process of designing a font?

Sorry for my lack of fonto-skills and *THANKS*…


Kent Lew's picture
Joined: 21 Apr 2002 - 11:00am

Ramiro —

To set kerning pairs for accents the same as their base character, you can use the Metrics > Kerning Assistance command.

For example, if you want to extend the kerning from TA, VA, WA, YA to , , , , etc., you would set the Equivalent First Letters to T V W Y and set the Equivalent Second Letters to A Á À Â Ä Ã Å. You would turn off the Link All for the first set (so that TA doesn’t become the same as VA) and turn on the Link All for the second set (so that becomes the same as TA).

Whether you include these pairs depends upon the target audience for your font, and upon how compulsively thorough you want to be. (Note, however, that some combinations like , for example, may be nonexistent, given that most languages that I’m aware of which use the Agrave don’t have the W.)

I personally think it’s important in this day and age to kern accents (I’m obsessive/compulsive, I admit it), but many foundries (especially U.S. ones) don’t necessarily include them. I’m not sure if this is from laziness, or a holdover from the early days when large kerning tables bogged down processors.

I have not found any use for the Equalize Sidebearings.

Hope this helps.

— Kent.

Akija Sukzia's picture
Joined: 24 May 2002 - 4:01am

Well Said Kent, there is nothing worse than having to do this by hand in Quark at a later stage, yes it takes time but the rewards are far greater.