"kern" table ignored? -- technical note "OpenType tables used by Windows"

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Jul 23, 2002 Jul 23, 2002

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The technical note "OpenType tables used by Windows"<br /> http://partners.adobe.com/asn/developer/type/otfdk/<br /> techdocs/OT_tables_in_Win_ATM.html<br />says that the <kern> table (Kerning) is "Ignored". Is it true? Does the ATM<br />driver really ignore "flat" kerning?<br /><br />Also, are there any significant updates for Windows 2000 and XP? (I think<br />the ATM font driver built in Windows 2000 and XP is referred to as "5.0" --<br />true?)<br /><br />Adam
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Jul 24, 2002 Jul 24, 2002

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Hi, Adam,

Yes, the kern table is ignored in favor of the GPOS kern feature, for OTF-flavored OpenType fonts.

The GPOS kern feature can be used to represent pair-based "flat" kerning as well as class-based kerning.

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Jul 25, 2002 Jul 25, 2002

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"Thomas Phinney" <tphinney@adobe.com> wrote in message<br />news:ef9cd33.0@WebX.aaQKaf7vad4...<br />> Hi, Adam,<br />><br />> Yes, the kern table is ignored in favor of the GPOS kern feature, for<br />OTF-flavored OpenType fonts.<br />><br />> The GPOS kern feature can be used to represent pair-based "flat" kerning<br />as well as class-based kerning.<br />><br /><br />Thomas,<br /><br />this does imply, however, that non-OT apps only get kerning within the Roman<br />character set because of the virtual "mapping" done by ATM? I.e., it's not<br />possible at all to provide OTF fonts with kerning for CE characters that<br />would work in non-OT apps?<br /><br />Thanks,<br />Adam

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Jul 26, 2002 Jul 26, 2002

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Yes, that's exactly correct, I'm afraid.

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