Kern Baby — Typographic kerning aid

To save time and eyesight, use this text for testing character-spacing and kerning. It has all the usual character combos, with the main kerning pairs heading the list. Leslie Cabarga, creator of the excellent Kern King, hinted that someone could go one better. Well, this text adds many common, useful character pairs, plus all-caps and other characters, and it’s still very short. Simply copy it into your font of choice and start peering.

You don’t need it all

Just use section 1. Ignore the rest if you’re kerning by class, with pairs like Ac, Ae, Ad, Ao and Aq all kerning the same. For those kerning every pair individually, use section 2 as well. Section 3 has pairs you just never find, except right here. Happy font designing!

1: Key kerning

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CATCHFLY KAAWA-AUXVASSE NOVGOROD, POTBOY SLOWWORM BLUFFDALE QWERTY. REYKJAVIK IZVESTIYA IXNAY UNBELT AGFA ‘OKTA’. BLVD LWEI XUTQTU, ‘UQQALV,’ ‘URUMQIV’ ‘RIVERVIEW’ BIXBY: BVLGARI BWANA HENRY DEBT; FORWHY? ELZGINLAZN DUMMKOPF PWYLL—AXSON BODHISATTVA CZAREVNA GAGZHUKZ HAJJS JIMJAMS ZYZZX ‘AFTMOST’ AHGWAHCHING ANNWN COXA CUCKQUEAN CWMWD DOGVANE JYNX MUNTJAC PNYX—‘PYGMY’ RAJBANSI AZTEC BJERKVIK BUQSHA CAPSFUL CNUT CYCLINGS DMOZ DUUMVIR ETNA GULFWEED IJMA KWANZA QMX RSVP, ‘SAVVY.’ SMYTH SSNIFPITDKA SUBPAR ‘TXT.’ YUCKY-ZUGZWANG.

2: Overkill

Aaron Ahgwahching Aimwell Ajo Apopka Axson Banquo Bixa Björk Bluffdale Brownville Bvart Byrd Cid Csar Ctesiphon Cuzco Cwm Czech Dabneys Delhi Dhaka Dipnoi Djin Dulce Dvina Dyess Eckman Efland Egnar Enzed Epps Esky Etna Eucha Eva Exmore Eyck Ezra Fhara Finly Fjord Georj Ghent Ginkgoales Gjætar Hai Hfuhruhurr Hlin Hrazdan Hsu Hwyl Hye Igo Ipava Iqbal It Ixnay Jadwin Jherry Jill Juda Kafka Kevlar Khios Knoxdale Kum Lahti Lhasa Lie Marx Mbabane McRae Mjölnir Mnemosyne Mtbaldy Mumford My Ndebele Ngoni Nice Nkrumah Null Nym Off Ogdon Opp Ostmen Otoe Ox Pan Perham Pfeifer PhD Piqua Pjotr Psalm Ptah Puck Pwyll Pym Qeshm Qingdao Qt Rb Rigby Rubbra Rx Shidler Spackle Suva Szach Tbilisi Tib Ufa Ugh Upson Urumqi Use Ute Uxbridge Uzbek Vic Whig Wis Xanadu Xema Xhosa Ximenes Xyris Yb Yipes Zahl Zhane Zim Zsigmondy Zuni Zwingle arcform batfowl buqsha calx cv czarevna damnify ecphova friwpbat gamb mothproofs musjid rajput rsvp sqrt sx szasz txt utpoppmif

Abu Acra Adna Amsden Anco Aoli Arvin Ashby Awk Axum Azle Bbxgxk Bhopal Blahkba Bwana Clay Cmene Cnut Col Dlo Dmoz Dolby Druz Dwale Ebro Edcouch Eek Ehrlich Ekwok Eola Equus Erda Ewigkeit Fez Fla Fnord Gawd Gdovka Glenpool Gnetum Goldbar Granby Henryville Hi Hmong Hobgood Houyhnhnm Hq Hz Iaeger Ibo Ida Ieyasu If Ihre Ike Ila Imlay Ind Io Iran Isom Iuka Ivy Iwo Iyar Jewry Jnana Jobs Jr Kamchatka Klimt Kohl Kru Lloyd Lodz L’Aqua Macbeth Macduff’s Marquis Merckx Newbolt Novgorod Oakdale Oban Occoquan Odd Oelrichs Ohio Oil Ojai Okta Olar Omro Oops Oqu Ord Out Ovid Owyhee Oxfam Oyens Oz Plainwell Poughquag Primghar Qigong Qoran Rheydt Rock Sclav Sidman Skipwith Slav Snowville Solway Squire Sri Strandquist Swazi Tariffville Tchula Thai Tlingit Tom Uab Ubly Ucon Udder Uehling Uh Uighur Ukiah Ulen Unio Uozu Uwchland Uzi Vhayu Vor Waxhaw Wells Year Ymir Zen Zorn abduce abmho abvolt acme ajwan aofmihdy arb awgquizm bhikku blowzed blvd bowfin bwana calque cuckquean cwm debt dib dogvane dummkopf dvandva dx endplay evzone explant fremd govt hajjs hamza hepcat hwan jhvh jimjams judjry knap kopje kvetch lacquer lebkuchen livre machzor mahjong mitzvah mobcap mudflows objet offcuts plowjog prajna pvc px pyjama’d qoph qwerty rajbansi reqd sabzi savvy sayyid selfhood sheqel slojd smutchy sri

AFTMOST AHGWAHCHING ANNWN COXA CUCKQUEAN CWMWD DOGVANE JYNX MUNTJAC PNYX PYGMY RAJBANSI AZTEC BJERKVIK BUQSHA CAPSFUL CNUT CYCLINGS DMOZ DUUMVIR ETNA GULFWEED IJMA KWANZA PWYLL QMX RSVP SAVVY SMYTH SSNIFPITDKA SUBPAR TXT YUCKY ZUGZWANG ABDUCT ABMHO ACME ADSORPTIVE AJWAN AKMED ALEFZERO ALNA AOFMIHDY ARBS ASDICS AWGQUIZM AXILS AXMEN BBXGXK BENJY BHIKKU BKSP BLOWZED BZYB CALX COIGN CV DJIN DOXY DUBNIUM EVZONE EXCIDE EZRA FILMGOER FJELD FLEDGY FNORD FREMD FRIWPBAT FYN GATZKE GEORJ GJOVIK GLENVIL GOVT HAMZA HERZL HOUYHNHNM IIXWKFIXL KLIMT KNOXDALE KOPJE LEIPZIG LJUBLJANA LOWVELD MEJLIS MERCKX MOTHPROOFS MUDFLOWS MUSJID NAGPUR NYM OFFCUTS OMNI PIBGORN PLOWJOG PVC PX PYJAMA’D RIJSWIJK RX SAYYID SGT SHIRLEYSBURG SLAVS SUBQUEUE SX SYRIA SZASZ TARIFFVILLE TWIDDLER UPGROWTH UTPOPPMIF UVULA UZSSAI VW WULK XXX YVONNE YWIS ZCJCXR ABFARAD ADNA AESC AFGHAN ALBA ALCYONE ALPS ANKHS AQUA ASHBY BANQUO BATFOWL BAWBEE BLACKFACE BLAHKBA BOWFIN BROUHHA BUZFUZ CALQUE CERRO CHAMFER CHUKCHI CRUYFF CWM DELHI DREE DVANDVA DWALE DX ECHT ECPAXPOQOL ECPHOVA EGGCUP ELROD ESKDALE EXE EXON FHREAMH FUJI GDOVKA GETGO GINKGOALES HANCOCK HEH HEPCAT HQ HWAN HZ IQBAL JHVH JNANA JR KAFKA KREMLIN KUYP LACQUER LATKE LODZ MCBEE MCCOMB MCDADE MCFALL MCGIRK MIZPAH MOBCAP MUDCAT OHIO OMRO OXFAM PIPKIN QESHM QOPH RAJPUT REDBY REDPOLL REQD RHEYDT RIGBY SLOJD SQRT SRI STRANDQUIST SURFBIRD TENGKU TORQUEY UMPQUA UNFITLY UNPEG UPDO UWCHLAND UZBEK VB VELÁZQUEZ VRIL WAKPALA WOJTYLA WQHJG WREXHAM YEZDI

3: Criminally pedantic

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