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I have recently been using Fontlab 5 (running on Windows 7) to create my first font. After struggling against a few issues, and winning the battle thanks to this forum, and some other places, I can now enjoy the pleasure of seeing my first font almost finished.
Through this process, I created characters to cover most European languages, and also "Cyrillic based" - I have absolutely no idea if I can actually "say" that, but let's try :) - languages. I have used kerning classes and generated kerning features thanks to these classes.
I have been doing some reading over the past few weeks, and to be honest, I don't really know what to believe or who to trust when it comes to kerning. Here is what stays in my mind : kerning isn't understood the same way in different software. Can this be considered true ? I understand this must feel like a real "newbie" question, but I guess you've got to start somewhere, eh ? :)
Let's sum up what I think I have understood : Microsoft Word doesn't "interpret" kerning - or at least I've tested this thanks to friends who use Office 2003 and 2007. Concerning Adobe Photoshop, kerning can be as the one I've made, but "metrics" isn't selected by default in the "Character" window - or is it, and it could be actually me who changed that without remembering ? I was surprised to see that my font was displayed correctly in many open source software, such as Gimp, OpenOffice or AbiWord - I'm also a Linux user on a personal basis.
So, here's what I thought : Could there actually be something I missed when generating/making the font ? Or are these common issues I actually have never heard of ? I have been reading about Microsoft Word and kerning that had to be "activated" or something, but to be 100% honest, I haven't found any accurate information concerning this.
I'm sure some of you must have already been in this situation, so this is why I'm asking for your help to understand this issue better.
Thank you for the time you spent reading this, and thank you in advance for your contribution.