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Joachim Schrod <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 13 Apr 1997 10:36:06 +0200
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>>>>> "JK" == Johannes Kuester <[log in to unmask]> writes:

JK> Another thing related to letterspacing is Capitalization,
JK> i.e. writing all-uppercase. Here, proper spacing is needed, too,
JK> and TeX's kerning is correct for usual text and abbreviations,
JK> but not for all-uppercase. I think Tschicholds "Meisterbuch der
JK> Schrift" (there should be an English edition, too) gives some
JK> examples of good and bad spacing, or it is elsewhere in his writings.

Yes, and Kaeufer has even better examples and some rules. The problem:
UC kerning (``spationieren'') is not as brute force as letterspacing
(``sperren''), it is expected to take _the_whole_surrounding_ into
accout. I.e., the amount of kerning depends also on the typeset
material that is above or below the text to be kerned, its size, its
distance, etc.

That's one of the things in typography where you talk with designers
and/or typesetters, and they tell you: You just have to see it. The
formalization of that `seeing' is an open research problem, as far as
I know.


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