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I cannot achieve perfect alignment with some letter elements in browsers. Why is this?

Some characters within our fonts are kerned to the space character. This is common practice in all good font designs, specically on the angular and overhanging characters such as A, T, V, W. These characters will kern back towards a space in order to prevent large white gaps opening in sentences. This avoids what looks like a double space or rivers running throughout a text.

When setting type in a desktop design application such as Indesign, letters at the beggining of a new line are not affected by wordspace kerning pairs because the type is fixed in an object box and the application itself will not insert any unnecessary wordspace mark-up. This behaviour is not the same in a web browser. By default a browser ‘implies’ a word space at the beginning of a line of text even though it cannot be seen. The result is that occasionally the first letter in any line of text is very slightly kerned towards the left. This is why it can be tricky to align letters within separate elements above each other in a browser. This is standard font/browser behaviour and it can also be seen across all web-safe system fonts too.

The World Wide Web Consortium also confirm here —

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