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?


  • I only kern some figures to letters like '7th' and a few others. That's all.
  • John HudsonJohn Hudson Posts: 2,160
    edited September 2020
    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  :#
  • Craig EliasonCraig Eliason Posts: 1,162
    edited September 2020
    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.
  • 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.
  • Kerning pairs for Uppercase to superscripts are needed, and figures to superscript letters for ordinals. Note references use superscript figures after letters, and may also use superscript letters. 
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