Kerning Figures to Letters

Is kerning Figures to Letters (and Letters to Figures) something that most designers would add to their kerning pairs these days?

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  • I only kern some figures to letters like '7th' and a few others. That's all.
  • John HudsonJohn Hudson Posts: 1,901
    edited September 15
    Life's too short (and I say that as someone who lives in a country that uses mixed alphanumeric postal codes).
  • I don't know about that "most", but it's a good idea, for a number of reasons (pardon the pun).
  • Figures to letters: no. But a few instances with 7 and, maybe, 2 ( . , ) … and always assure yourself that you don’t kern any tabular figures, how painful it may ever look  :#
  • And 4... and 1...
  • Craig EliasonCraig Eliason Posts: 1,012
    edited September 16
    Pretty easy to throw 8 in with the right-side-of-B group, zero and six in with the left-side-of-O group, etc. That can take you pretty far.
  • If Mark does it I’ll do it. I just added another page to my kerning proof.
  • This is what I kern to deal with the most distracting letter/numeral pairs.
    7A7JF4T4V4W4Y4.
  • How heavy would such additional kerning information actually be on a standart Latin Pro font?
  • Vasil, if your font allows combining the figures with existing letter kerning, as Craig suggests, the impact is extremely minimal (a few more glyphs in the initial lookup). Worst case scenario is a couple more look-ups. Technically, this should not be a problem at all. Creating the kern pairs in the first place is a much bigger job.
  • It's tangential, but since I learned it only after the fact: Don't kern Latin figures with RTL scripts' letters (and vice versa). Since the kern pairs would span across scripts those features will never work in a font, even if your font editor might let you pursue such folly.
  • John HudsonJohn Hudson Posts: 1,901
    That’s the case of things now, Johannes. In addition to the scripts being processed in different glyph runs, the directional difference means kerning won't work across the bidi boundary.

    However, there’s been a lot of talk about freeing up GPOS to process across the run boundaries used for GSUB, especially in the context of post-linebreak layout, in which a single direction could be presumed for an entire line of text. So at some future time there may be the option for cross-script and cross-direction kerning and other layout features.
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