I'm using KiCad to lay out PCBs for some projects and often I find I need to develop a new footprint or tweak one that's in the library.
I'm able to determine most things I need by consulting the datasheet and occasional other sources, but I haven't found anything about how to determine the dimensions and positioning of the courtyard. I understand the courtyard is the minimal "reserved" space for the component, such that no two courtyards should overlap. However, I don't see it stated on any of the datasheets so far.
All of my projects so far will be hand-assembled (by me :), so I won't be needing it for pick-and-place machine purposes. However, being an engineer I don't feel comfortable not getting it right while I'm in there editing something. Also I will be submitting any worthy new footprints for inclusion in the official KiCad library, so I want to make sure I get it right.
How does one determine the courtyard for a PCB part footprint?