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In Hebrew, there are some diacritics which occasionally need to be combined. However, a frequent result is that they will all be centered, leading to a stack of characters which need to be re-kerned. For example, the meteg (אֽ) a vertical line used to indicate syllabic stresses (when not final) often migrates so that it crashes with the vowel diacritics (אַ, אָ, אֶ, and אֵ). (This also occurs with some cantillation marks)

Is there a way to individually kern the meteg to avoid crashing type? For some reason, my attempts to use the kern tool in the character palette invariably do not succeed.


An example of text where this may occur:

אֱלֹהִ֑ים (where the esnachto crashes with the chirik)

or possibly

מֶֽלֶךְ (where the meteg crashes with the segol)

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    Not familiar with Hebrew at all, but I know that special features are available in the ME version (which I believe you are using). Check Character panel > Adjust Horizontal Diacritic Position. See: helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/arabic-hebrew.html#id_48870 – Vinny Mar 30 '17 at 7:47
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    @Vinny, thanks for the suggestion, but it doesn't appear to work for Hebrew, even though I do have the ME version – NoahM Mar 30 '17 at 13:25
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    Since nobody seems to be able to help you on this very specific issue, I suggest you give Adobe forum a try: forums.adobe.com/community/indesign/content – Vinny Mar 31 '17 at 17:47
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    I am fairly sure you could find proper help at the TypeDrawers forum. (typedrawers.com) – Emilie Jun 6 '17 at 3:47
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    Can you select the marks and choose alignment to push them right or left? Are there key combinations that will force alignment of the marks right or left (such as alt/option + …) ? – Stan Aug 21 '17 at 20:27

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