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Hi Graham:

Yes - I too always download from the website as Ubuntu's repository usually
contains older, supposedly more stable versions of software. In the case of
LibreOffice, I chose to use a more recent build (4.3 branch) as it has fixes
for a couple bugs that directly affect my work). I use the 64 bit version,
though, so there may be some difference there.

As for the hyphen, my belief (based on using publishing and word processing
software for more than thirty years) is that the hyphen itself should be
acquired from the particular font in use, and it should look and act as if
you had typed it manually, using the same exact spacing.

If the text is "ragged right" i.e. unjustified, you should not see any
difference between a hyphen you typed yourself and an automatic hyphenation.
If the text is right justified, the hyphen's spacing should be "stretched
out" along with all the other characters in the line to make it reach the
right margin, but ignoring/removing the character's own right-hand spacing
for the last character (in this case, the hyphen). And I agree with you that
one would expect no additional spacing between the last "real" character and
the hyphen.

It's interesting to me that you have extraneous spacing BEFORE the hyphen
while, in my case, the hyphen overlays the final non-hyphen character (which
now that I look more closely, seems like it has not had its right edge
spacing removed, giving the appearance that it is only overlapping the right
half of the final character.)

In my case, the actual printed output is fine, as is the output in any pdf
export I make from LibreOffice Writer, so the problem would seem to be
related only to the display. You seem to be suggesting that your additional
spacing is on the printed output. Is that the case? If so, does it match the
Print Preview display?

TomD made a comment that this behavior has been fixed in a "newer branch,"
but I haven't figured out what that means.

So I guess I'm just stuck with WYSIAWYG instead of WHYSIWYG for a while (the
"A" is for "almost").

Have a great weekend...

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