Side Bearings for Punctuation


I was wondering about side bearings related to punctuation. Just out of curiosity, is it usual to give the left of the comma a negative side-bearing value? It seems that this would be the optimal solution for cutting down on unnecessary kerning pairs. That said, I don’t know if this approach may cause unforeseen issues.

Any insights would be much appreciated!


My comma usually sits in the middle of the bounding box. Try with strings like n,n and make that look good (the n needs to be properly space before you do that, of course).

In a text typeface, the comma and the period like to have some space. In display faces, it can be tighter.