Debian Bug report logs - #254113
Extra space between lines in new version of ttf-freefont

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Package: ttf-freefont; Maintainer for ttf-freefont is Debian Fonts Task Force <>; Source for ttf-freefont is src:fonts-freefont.

Reported by: Josh Triplett <>

Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 01:03:03 UTC

Severity: important

Tags: help

Merged with 254670

Found in versions 20031008-1, ttf-freefont/20051206-1, ttf-freefont/20051206-2, ttf-freefont/20060126-1

Fixed in versions ttf-freefont/20031008-1.1, ttf-freefont/20060501cvs-7

Done: Christian Perrier <>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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From: Jan Willem Stumpel <>
Subject: Fix for Openoffice?
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Openoffice is originally a Windows application which has somehow
been ported to Linux. So it probably uses the Windows method of
determining line spacing (see Fontforge FAQ, "How do I set the
line spacing on a font?"). This means using the OS2WinAscent and
OS2WinDescent values. In Times New Roman and Arial I found that
(in the .sfd version of the fonts):

OS2WinAscent value  = HheadAscent value;
OS2WinDescent value = negative of HheadDescent value.

So I tried this on the Freefonts also (by default, both values are
zero in the Freefonts). Success! No more crazy line spacing in
Openoffice. So far I have not found that this causes any problems
with "real" Linux programs like Mozilla or Abiword.

Of course a little bit more testing is needed, and a clear
explanation of why this works, but I think this is close to the
real solution.

Regards, Jan

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