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Kerning

Although SVG Fonts provide the amazing ability of packaging typefaces for display across all viewers, there are some limitations to this technology. The very fact that SVG Fonts contain information only about a character's shape in its relation to the 1,000-by-1,000-unit character grid leaves some features common to system fonts lacking.

Obviously, a slender letterform has considerable extra space remaining in its square. This is where kerning comes in handy. Consider the word Hello. The letters H, e, and o are all similar in width, whereas the two l's have only a fraction of that width. Using the abstract concept of the literal square behind each letter, odd gaps would occur between the letters placed next to each other to assemble the word.


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