I believe the "pair kerning" option is ignored for some (or all) fonts, resulting in poor visual results. E.g. for the Open Sans font, if you type "specifications" and increase character spacing, all spaces are increased except the space between "f" and "i", resulting in uneven letter spacing and a gap in the word. "f" and "i" remain attached to each other.
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Write a word that possibly includes a kerned pair, like "specifications" (f-i, ti)
2.Select "Open Sans" font, "Calibri", "DejaVu Sans" or some other font (which possibly contains a kerning table
3.Right click on the word, select "Character -> Character", go to "position" tab, increase character spacing to e.g. 10pt.
The space between certain combinations like "f" and "i" remains the same even though other letters are spaced further apart. In "Calibri" font this also happens with "t" and "i". Clicking "Pair kerning" makes no difference to how the word is displayed.
Disabling pair kerning should result in all letters being evenly spaced (I guess it should be disabled anyway when character spacing is anything other than the default setting).
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OpenGL enabled: Yes
Problem is present in both Windows and Linux versions. Tried 6.3.1 and 6.3.2 on Linux, 6.3.2 on Windows. Exporting to PDF results in the PDF having the same problem.
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Document with two words in increased character spacing. One has pair kerning enabled, the other one does not.
I'm not an expert, but I think, it's because ligatures are enabled. If you disable them (just type Calibri:-liga in font combobox) you recieve the desired result.
So for me not a bug, but I agree, that documentation about ligatures could be improved (I couldn't find anything about it).
=> RESOLVED NOTABUG
If you disagree, please change it back to UNCONFIRMED with a short reasoning.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 66819 ***
(In reply to Dieter Praas from comment #3)
> I'm not an expert, but I think, it's because ligatures are enabled. If you
> disable them (just type Calibri:-liga in font combobox) you recieve the
> desired result.
> So for me not a bug, but I agree, that documentation about ligatures could
> be improved (I couldn't find anything about it).
> => RESOLVED NOTABUG
> If you disagree, please change it back to UNCONFIRMED with a short reasoning.
Thanks for looking into this, Dieter. From your comments, I saw there already is a bug report on this, so I marked it as a duplicate.