Variable Font breaks Spacing on export (problems variate from software to software)

bug

#1

When exporting a variable font with three axes it shows different spacing problems on seemingly random character pairings. In the Glyphs file the Spacing and Kerning of the Characters is the same.
Screenshot 1: Light
Screenshot 2: Bold (There is no “Space” between “T” and “e” or elsewhere…)

Is there any known solution for this problem?
Thanks in advance!



#2

Is this happening with glyphs made from components? I just yesterday found a problem with spacing and components. But is seems to be a problem with the format and not with the way the file is written by Glyphs. I need to investigate this.


#3

Hello Georg, No there are no components (except akzents – but that doesn’t seem to be the problem here.
The strange thing is that the problem varies from application to application (e.g… Illustrator, Axis Praxis)


#4

Illustrator has serious problems with variable fonts. Specifically with the variation of the width.

Can you send me the .glyphs and the .ttf file?


#5

Yes I send you the file via mail!
Thanks for looking in to it


#6

That is a problem with the components (in accented letters). I reported it but didn’t hear back from them.


#7

Hello Georg, Did you find a solution for the problem yet? I am updated to the newest version of glyphs. The Spacing of Characters build with components is still messed up in online-applications (Axis-Praxis). It is working in illustrator… (Screenshots)

Thanks for looking into it! I can send you the glyphs-file if you want?

All the Best,
Elias



#8

This is a bug in MacOS. Adding an HVAR table might reduce the problem but the proper fix has to come from Apple.


#9

Thanks!


#10

Hi @GeorgSeifert

How can this HVAR table be inserted? Is there a manual that you can follow?


#11

@Erkin @GeorgSeifert I‘d be interested to know this as well!


#12

I need to add support for HVAR in Glyphs. I’ll see if I find some time for it, soon.