Bug 104911 - Changing fontwork's character spacing to a custom % makes text unreadable
Summary: Changing fontwork's character spacing to a custom % makes text unreadable
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
4.1 all versions
Hardware: All All
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Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: FontWork-WordArt
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Reported: 2016-12-24 15:58 UTC by cvaliant
Modified: 2021-10-13 20:06 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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examples (257.40 KB, application/zip)
2017-01-11 19:40 UTC, cvaliant

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Description cvaliant 2016-12-24 15:58:52 UTC
This might not be a bug as it should work like that but i dont see why someone would want to have letters on top of each other.

Your job can be done by selecting one of the other options, but that makes the "custom" function useless.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Insert fontwork
2. Change character spacing to custom and select a % (the lower the % the worse it gets)

Actual Results:  
Unreadable text

Expected Results:
Letters should just have smaller distance between them (?)

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

Additional Info:
Also, setting the character spacing to 0% makes the exact same formatting as 100%.

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64; rv:50.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/50.0
Comment 1 Joel Madero 2016-12-26 17:02:51 UTC
Please just provide a simple test document. It's *always* better to provide your own simple document, it saves everyone a lot of time.

marking as NEEDINFO - once you provide a test document, please set to UNCONFIRMED. Thanks
Comment 2 cvaliant 2017-01-11 19:40:16 UTC
Created attachment 130331 [details]
Comment 3 Xisco Faulí 2017-01-12 10:14:46 UTC
Confirmed in

Build ID: 9a30cb2161506e003f14592d83075ab9d30516c1
CPU Threads: 4; OS Version: Linux 4.8; UI Render: default; VCL: gtk2; 
Locale: ca-ES (ca_ES.UTF-8); Calc: group


Version (Build ID: efca6f15609322f62a35619619a6d5fe5c9bd5a)
Comment 4 Xisco Faulí 2017-07-13 10:31:39 UTC
Setting Assignee back to default. Please assign it back to yourself if you're
still working on this issue
Comment 5 QA Administrators 2018-07-14 02:45:07 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 QA Administrators 2020-07-14 04:03:15 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 Regina Henschel 2021-10-13 20:06:27 UTC
The current "spacing" keeps the total length and makes each character wider or smaller. if the character becomes wider it will overlap with the neighbor character otherwise the total length would change. And for the overlapping areas the even-odd fill rule is used.
Changing this behavior to keeping the character size and increase/decrease the space between the characters would result in different total length. But a different length is only possible with draw:text-path-scale="shape". It would not be possible with draw:text-path-scale="path", which is used for most predefined Fontwork shapes and most of the Fontwork preset forms. On the other hand this kind of "spacing" is that one known from the character properties dialog.

Perhaps both kind of "spacing" are needed.