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On 09/09/2013 11:52 AM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
On 09/09/2013 10:57 AM, Peter Hillier-Brook wrote:
On 09/09/13 12:57, Virgil Arrington wrote:

However, LO has one wonderful advantage. The free font, Linux
Libertine G, has many expert effects, and LO can access them all.
It's an excellent typeface, and so far, the latest LO stable version,
4.0.5, seems to work very well with it. (Despite its "Linux" name,
the font works just as well in Windows.) (Libertine has an equally excellent
 companion sans-serif font, Linux Bolinium G)

Using the advanced features requires adding extensions to the font
name, such as "Linux Libertine G:onum=1" to use old style numbers.
Various extensions are separated by the ampersand (&). It can be a
little cumbersome at first, but there is an excellent guide at:

The Typography Toolbar extension makes its use easier.

This looks very useful, but I note that it hasn't been updated since
2010 and OOo (LO?) 3.4. Is it known to function with LO 4.1?

Peter HB

I'll speak from some level of technological ignorance. I think the
font itself has not been updated in a while, but, what makes the font
work with LO and AOO is the Graphite engine. This is where I get real
ignorant, but I've found that as LO and AOO are upgraded, they work
better with the Linux Libertine G fonts. For example, there is a
switch in the font (itlc=2), which provides proper alignment of Italic
text next to Roman text. You'll notice that the "fontfeatures.pdf"
website says this switch doesn't work with LO 3.4. That is true; it
doesn't. And, up to last week, it didn't work for me with LO 3.6.7.
However, I upgraded to LO 4.0.5 and, voila, the switch works. Also, in
prior versions of LO, Linux Libertine seemed to cause some crashes,
but I haven't experienced a crash since LO 3.6. I don't think this is
due to changes in the font, but rather improvements in LO itself. (I
won't upgrade to LO 4.1.x until "x" becomes 5 or higher).

Perhaps someone else with knowledge about how LO and Graphite work
together can chime in. I just know that every successive version of LO
works better with the Libertine G and Biolinium G fonts, much to my

It has become my default LO font for both my Windows and Linux
partitions on my dual boot system.


I am a font person, and do not use the Libertine and Biolinium fonts
often.  But I agree with your statement that each version of LO is
displaying and printing better than the last one, some some people.  The
"graphics" engine that renders the fonts is improving.

I too use LO for both my Linux and Windows systems.  I have not
installed any non-trial version of MSO since MSO2003. 

As a font person, I use a lot of "specialty fonts" over the years.  So
the better the package works with fonts, the better it is for me.  I use
to have to take some fonts and change them to JPG files just to use them
in document.  Now that is almost a thing of the past, depending how
complex the font actually is.

As for not using those two font "families", well, I have over 14 GB of
fonts in my font collection and I try to stay below 400 installed fonts
at any time.  We are talking about 40 font files for the two, if you
included all of different "styles".  So I am not installing most of them
right now.

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