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There's plenty of info about kerning in the Fontlab manual, but very little about spacing, which is very important to get right before you start kerning.
I've been messing around with Fontlab for ages trying to figure out how to create the equivalent of Fontographer's equivalence classes. Fontographer had a very simple but effective way of applying the same sidebearing values over a range of characters with similar characteristics, ie. take the sidebearing on the left of cap H (the base character, just H by the way, and not _fog0, H) and apply the same value to the left of B, D, E, F, I, K, L, M, N etc. You could copy and paste the characters from the metrics window into the metrics assistance 'apply to these characters' line.
Is there no way to do this in Fontlab? Is typing the characters the only way to do this? It can be particularly long-winded if, say, you are doing a Cyrillic alphabet and you have to type afii10058 (or whatever) for each character.
And another thing: I can't seem to delete a line once it's there - no delete possible? What happens if I want to get rid of the whole lot and start again/or import metrics from another font instead?
Also, when you click on the apply and save button the Metrics Assistance window disappears and you have to go and open it from the menu again.
It's all a bit clumsy and non-designer friendly, more aimed at programmers I'd say.
I'd appreciate any help on this
Thanks in advance