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Kerning

The technical typesetting term for letter spacing. The space between letters differs between fonts and (in a properly crafted font) between different character combinations.

The subtle adjustment of letter spacing is only possible with a typesetting program like Adobe InDesign (in comparison, MS Word has the subtlety of a sledgehammer). Such adjustment is a key tool used in copy fitting but needs handling with care.

This definition is extracted (and expanded on) from the book Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Gerald Jackson and Marie Lenstrup. It was first referred to in the blog Getting Published in a post on calculating book length.

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  1. Shadrick Lungu
    July 6, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I did a manuscript on an Apple Ipad, because it was convenient to carry around. I then emailed the document to my laptop where I use Microsoft word. The spaces between the letters have doubled. I am trying to covert the same to the “normal” Microsoft word document but I am failing. For example a word like “appropriate” is appearing as
    “a p p r o p r i a t e”. Could someone help please.

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