Wide space between left parenthesis and "f" in Kepler Std

ycherem's picture

I noticed that the space between the left parenthesis - ( - and "f" in Kepler Std looks more like a blank space: "( f)" instead of "(f)".

I think this might be some bad kerning in the font itself, and the only solution I've found is through XeLaTeX (which is the typesetting software I use, anyway):

The issue, however, seems a little bit annoying coming from such a large family which looks pretty nice both on paper and on screen, and for such a widely used letter pairing -- I use (figure X) all the time.

John Nolan's picture

Yes, at least in my version of Kepler Std "(f" just isn't kerned. This does seem like an oversight.

Adobe's EULA does allow modifications, so if you have access to a font editor, you could just fix it.

Florian Hardwig's picture

Yes, brackets and braces suffer from a similar lack of kerning: http://myfonts.us/td-uoaZE8

Typefacts has a text sample that helps testing a font’s kerning:
http://typefacts.de/kerningtest

Nick Shinn's picture

Kerning may be modified in Quark XPress, document-specific, without altering the font.
And then, IIRC, the kerning settings for a given font in one document may be imported into another document.

I wonder what happens to such kerning modifications when a Quark document is opened in InDesign.

eliason's picture

Yes, brackets and braces suffer from a similar lack of kerning

This looks to me not like lack of kerning, but more like somehow the (necessary) positive kerning of the descending italic form got attached to the roman.

John Nolan's picture

This looks to me not like lack of kerning, but more like somehow the (necessary) positive kerning of the descending italic form got attached to the roman.

Even stranger:
Kepler Std Roman; parenleft to f: +126
but
Kepler Std Italic; parenleft to f: +108

Hunh?

ncaleffi's picture

This issue has already been discussed here: http://typophile.com/node/56438

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