I am facing a little confusion regarding how the bounding box around text behaves in Adobe Illustrator.
I would like to align multiple text boxes by snapping along a vertical guide.
I noticed there is a space/offset between the actual text content and the left and right edges of the bounding box due to the glyph/character's side bearings. The larger the character size, the larger the "space" is.
With this behavior, if I align all text boxes along the guide, although their respective bounding boxes are all aligned and snap into place, the varying side bearing (relative to the character size) of the text makes it seem as if they are not aligned and the text does not appear flush against the guide (this is more prominent on larger font sizes).
There are two workarounds I can think of:
a) Convert the type to outlines, so that the bounding box fits the exact width of the text. This is not an ideal solution since text can no longer be edited.
b) Disable the guide/grid snapping and manually align each text box. Again this does not sound like an ideal solution.
Considering the wide spread use of Adobe Illustrator for print and typography specific designs, I find this behavior counter intuitive and difficult to work with.
I was wondering how others tackle this issue and if there might be a better way to precisely align type of varying font sizes / glyph side bearings.