[reportlab-users] Kerning (was: CJK fonts )

Dinu Gherman gherman at darwin.in-berlin.de
Tue Jan 6 05:37:40 EST 2015

Henning von Bargen wrote:

> I agree with Andy that kerning slows the paragraph-wrapping process down,
> so personally I would only use it for headings and title, not for the
> main text content.

About five years ago I did some experiments with TrueType font kerning tables for ReportLab-based  typesetting. I came to the same conclusion, namely that it would be most valuable for headlines and the like. Unfortunately, most people in IT departments simply don't care enough about, let's say, beauty and those who do sit usually in more creative departments and are used to entirely different tools from the Adobe stack and the like. And maybe for the same reasons fonts increasingly use less kerning tables. But I'm not sure and that's more of a question for font designers like Just van Rossum...

I'll post one or two samples here, if the file size limit (40 KB?) doesn't bite me... If anybody is interested in code, please let me know. But, again, I haven't touched this for years and I have quite different things on my radar now.



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