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Kindersley's kerning--spacing method

I cite Joerg Knappen: Kindersley's "optical kerning": for the purposes of kerning, each character is replaced by a circle placed at the center of gravity of that character; the radius of the circle is determined by the fourth moment of the character (that is, the fourth root of the sum over all black pixels of the fourth power of their distance from the centre). On the UKTUG trip to Kindersley's studio, I tried to extract the reason why the fourth, as opposed to third or fifth or whatever, moment is used; the reason is apparently that it "looks right".

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