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bug #42522: Autohinter - dots too close with 'i', 'j', '?', '!'

Submitted by:  zboobzor <zboobzor>
Submitted on:  Sun 08 Jun 2014 02:33:54 AM UTC  
 
Severity:  3 - Normal Item Group:  Incorrect behaviour
Status:  Confirmed Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  Werner LEMBERG <wl> Open/Closed:  Open
Planned Release:  None

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Sun 29 Jun 2014 04:41:09 PM UTC, comment #2:

OK, I would be very grateful if you could look into this when you have time.

Thanks again.

zboobzor <zboobzor>
Mon 09 Jun 2014 07:52:41 AM UTC, comment #1:

It has to be investigated whether this is easily possible.  I say yes with some limitations, however, I currently don't have time to work on this.

The very problem is that the gap between the dot and the rest of the character has to be extremely enlarged (to have a vertical size of approx. 1px), compared to the rest of the glyph at those ppem sizes.  Normally, the auto-hinter doesn't do this: shape prevention is more important.  For example, if you have a series of vertical dots, how shall the auto-hinter hint this?  At small sizes, it is impossible to always have a 1px gap between the dots; this would increase the glyph's vertical size far too much.

Such cases are much better handled with manual hinting, which actually can take care of such situations.  I think that auto-hinting below 10pt will always have some problems, and that corrections can only be partial, based on some script-specific heuristics.

Werner LEMBERG <wl>
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Sun 08 Jun 2014 02:33:54 AM UTC, original submission:

When using the autohinter set to hintslight the dot above 'i' and 'j' and below '?' and '!' is often too close to the rest of the character.
This can make 'i', 'l' and '!' hard to differentiate for example.

This can be seen with numerous fonts at certain sizes and weights, such as :
Verdana bold 9 and 10 pt (96 dpi)
Open Sans regular 11 pt (96 dpi)
Source Sans Pro bold 8 and 9 pt (96 dpi)
DejaVu Sans bold 8 pt (96 dpi)

Would it be possible to guarantee a certain amount of space between the dot and the rest of the characters ?

Thanks.

zboobzor <zboobzor>

 

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