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Chapter 44. Character Formatting > Kerning and Tracking

Kerning and Tracking

Kerning and tracking remove or add space between character pairs. Kerning adjusts spacing between two characters. Tracking changes the spacing for all character pairs in a range of text (sometimes it’s referred to as range kerning, as in Adobe PageMaker). Kerning and tracking are measured in units relative to the size of the typeface—in ems. Note that by default XPress defines an em as the width of two zeros next to each other in a given font and size. InDesign uses a more standard value: An em equals the point size, so in 24-point text, one em is 24 points wide.

QuarkXPress lets you manually kern character pairs or use the automatic kern values (“metrics”) built into the font. It also lets you set up kerning tables with the Kerning Table Edit feature. InDesign supports both manual kerning and metrics kerning. It also introduces a new method called Optical kerning. Metrics and Optical kerning can be part of a paragraph or character style; manual kerning cannot. InDesign has no kerning table function; if you want to build kerning tables, you’ll have to edit the font using a font utility such as FontLab or Fontographer.


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