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Chapter 6. Type and Typography > Kerning and Tracking Tables

Kerning and Tracking Tables

As I noted earlier in this chapter, most fonts include built-in kerning tables of 100 to 500 pairs. However, you can modify these pairs or add your own by using Quark's Kern/Track Editor XTension (it comes with QuarkXPress, though you have an option not to install it when you update or install QuarkXPress). Like all XTensions, you must make sure that this XTension is located in the XTension folder in order for it to work.

Modifying tracking and kerning tables is different from many of QuarkXPress's typographic controls in that it's font-specific. For example, if you alter the kerning table for Times Roman, those changes are in effect whenever you use Times Roman in any QuarkXPress document. However, the font itself is not altered on disk; so the changes don't show up when you're working in any other program.


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