/iaccents + /iaccents kerning

Eimantas Paškonis's picture

Most of the inter-lowercase exceptions arise when there's some /i accent involved: í ĭ ǐ î ï ì ī ĩ ĵ
But should I kern between themselves? Since while it would take a lot of time, I don't think there's that much combos involving 2 accents apart from one I know: Ukrainian double ïï.
Is there any more?

Eimantas Paškonis's picture

Or maybe combos that use modified ascender and /iaccent? As in czech caron.

charles ellertson's picture

It is hard to know what might pop up in a text, esp. if you consider some of the Native American languages, African languages, etc. As type now supports more and more diacriticals, more and more authors start using them.

Don't know if this helps, but one thing I do with the i-accents is to give then a bit larger setwidth (sidebearings). And not all the same, use whatever works best with individual characters.

And sometimes a slightly shorter macron, a slightly condensed caron, circumflex, dieresis, etc. You can put them up alongside a vowel with unmodified accents in the metrics window, and if a difference isn't objectionable when you view it at at 120 points, it will likely pass muster,

Otherwise, yes, you need to kern. Or do what so many others do, let the typesetter do it.

hrant's picture

It takes less time to kern them than to figure out whether to kern them. :-)

The only reason not to is if you hit the maximum kern-pair limit for a font.


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