How to fix this kerning pair

How do I fix a font with a problematic kerning pair.

The problematic pair is capital T preceded by a space, when set in Helvetica Neue 55, and with kerning set to ‘Metrics’, using InDesign. The automatic kerning preceding the ‘T’ will change from (0) to (-125) resulting in the word space almost disappearing.

Typical scenario:

  1. I’m setting a document with some all-caps subheads in Helvetica.
  2. I decide subheads need to be a touch bolder, and change font from 45 to 55.
  3. Bammo. Now client thinks I don’t know how to spell check.

The screenshot shows the difference between this font and the two weights either side (45 and 65), without any manual kerning.

Would you recommend I edit my Helvetica 55 and how would I go about that?

Or set optical as the default. Might this open a different can of worms?

And just say it’s possible to fix the font itself, what then happens when I open old jobs with the amended font? Am I then looking for big spaces preceding ‘T’s ?

EDIT: I should add this is a Type 1 font.

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While I don’t know what the guidelines and technologies are that would allow/enable modification of font software, I bet InDesign GREP styles would be a quick way to patch things up.

You can add a pattern of characters (in the example, .\sT) to the GREP Styles panel within a Paragraph Style dialog, and create a new Character Style to adjust kerning as necessary. I’ve included a screenshot that also colorizes the matched pairs, for clarity. The rule is added to a single paragraph style, but if you have a chain of inheritance all the way back to “Basic Paragraph,” you could totally add it there.

The expression used to highlight the pattern is roughly: “Any character followed by a space, then a capital T.”

InDesign GREP Styles

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