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Thank you Michael.

It just seems so bizarre since as a rule LibreOffice turns out very
nicely formatted text.  This page presentation is at least rather
jarring and looks unprofessional.

Thanks for the suggestions; I'll try them in the morning when I have
some time to play with the setup.  The fonts should be from the font
supplier (Soft Maker) and not created by LibreOffice but there is
probably no way to make sure that is so.  All I can say for sure is
that the italics does appear as an option on the font selection list.


On Mon, 2021-02-01 at 17:37 -0600, Michael H wrote:

I saw the problem when I tried to superscript. As far as I could
there is no concept of "baseline" grid that text returns to... once
you get
off the grid for whatever reason, it affects everything.

In order to work around this, I did 3 things:

1. I forced the entire document onto a grid:  enabling 'Register-
true' for
every style (all 500ish of them.) they all register to 'm', except
footnote set which registers to 'f'.

2. I also use a specific line spacing and not a percent or preset. I
use only actual italic faces and not libreoffice created faces.

3. I also match the actual height of various styles within each
document so
that the height of x and X are the same for all fonts by managing
height with scaling factors.  Libreoffice only has Y scaling as a
of superscript so to match fonts most of my styles declare
"superscript" then scale by a few percent.

Some examples are here:

I think all the fonts in these templates are available from Google
but possibly you'll have to find some from other places... they're
all open
licensed fonts.

On Mon, Feb 1, 2021 at 3:54 PM John <> wrote:

When I type a line with italics in it the line spacing seems to
change.  At the moment the page is set to proportional 100% and
font size is 12 pt for all characters on the line. With only
characters the lines are evenly spaced and the page looks nice.

When there is italics within the text, additional space appears
and/or below the line so the lines are no longer evenly
spaced.  The
effect is to have a rather ragged page layout.

What it "looks like" is if LibreOffice has taken the outer
boundary of
the character area and rotated it to create the italic effect and
corners of the boundary have pushed the adjacent line up (or down
both).  Probably not that but that is the visual effect.  Setting
size of the italic characters to 11 pt makes everything look right
again.  The effect carries through to pdf files generated from the
.odt editor files.

A friend who has a different version of LibreOffice (an older one)
been able to take my .odt files and convert to .pdf without having
this effect.

The font I am using (Garamond Pro) has an italic file included
with it
although I can't prove that it is being used.

Can anyone suggest how I caused this and what I should do to fix

LibreOffice running on Fedora 32 Workstation edition.



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