Font::TTF::Kern

Section: User Contributed Perl Documentation (3)
Updated: 2020-07-28
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NAME

Font::TTF::Kern - Kerning tables  

DESCRIPTION

Kerning tables are held as an ordered collection of subtables each giving incremental information regarding the kerning of various pairs of glyphs.

The basic structure of the kerning data structure is:

    $kern = $f->{'kern'}{'tables'}[$tnum]{'kerns'}{$leftnum}{$rightnum};

Due to the possible complexity of some kerning tables the above information is insufficient. Reference also needs to be made to the type of the table and the coverage field.  

INSTANCE VARIABLES

The instance variables for a kerning table are relatively straightforward.
Version
Version number of the kerning table
Num
Number of subtables in the kerning table
tables
Array of subtables in the kerning table

Each subtable has a number of instance variables.

kern
A two level hash array containing kerning values. The indexing is left is via left class and right class. It may seem using hashes is strange, but most tables are not type 2 and this method saves empty array values.
type
Stores the table type. Only type 0 and type 2 tables are specified for TrueType so far.
coverage
A bit field of coverage information regarding the kerning value. See the TrueType specification for details.
Version
Contains the version number of the table.
Num
Number of kerning pairs in this type 0 table.
left
An array indexed by glyph - left_first which returns a class number for the glyph in type 2 tables.
right
An array indexed by glyph - right_first which returns a class number for the glyph in type 2 tables.
left_first
the glyph number of the first element in the left array for type 2 tables.
right_first
the glyph number of the first element in the right array for type 2 tables.
num_left
Number of left classes
num_right
Number of right classes
 

METHODS

 

$t->read

Reads the whole kerning table into structures  

$t->out($fh)

Outputs the kerning tables to the given file  

$t->XML_element($context, $depth, $key, $value)

Handles outputting the kern hash into XML a little more tidily  

$t->minsize()

Returns the minimum size this table can be. If it is smaller than this, then the table must be bad and should be deleted or whatever.  

BUGS

Only supports kerning table types 0 & 2.
No real support functions to do anything with the kerning tables yet.
 

AUTHOR

Martin Hosken <http://scripts.sil.org/FontUtils>.  

LICENSING

Copyright (c) 1998-2016, SIL International (http://www.sil.org)

This module is released under the terms of the Artistic License 2.0. For details, see the full text of the license in the file LICENSE.


 

Index

NAME
DESCRIPTION
INSTANCE VARIABLES
METHODS
$t->read
$t->out($fh)
$t->XML_element($context, $depth, $key, $value)
$t->minsize()
BUGS
AUTHOR
LICENSING