Bug 94005 - Finer adjustment for manual character spacing
Summary: Finer adjustment for manual character spacing
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Character-Dialog
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Reported: 2015-09-07 21:05 UTC by Art C
Modified: 2020-09-26 05:49 UTC (History)
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Description Art C 2015-09-07 21:05:30 UTC
Spacing between characters can be manually adjusted with the Spacing control (Position tab under Format|Character).  Currently the adjustment is limited to tenths of a point: the spacing may be increased or decreased by 0.1 pt, 0.2 pt., etc. It is not possible to increase or decrease the spacing by, e.g., 0.14 or 1.72 pts.

The spacing adjustment is particularly useful for avoiding awkward line lengths as, for example, when a long word at the end a line just fractionally misses fitting within the margin. In an align-left paragraph, the long word is bounced to the next line, making the first line unattractively short. Sometime the problem can be corrected by tightening up the spacing by a fraction of a point. 

In some font/size combinations, the tenth of a point increment does not give sufficient control: one-tenth is not quite enough, but two-tenths squeezes the letters uncomfortably close together.

Note that this is a different problem from a separate control that would increase or decrease the size of the spaces between words, while leaving the spacing of the letters within words unchanged. I believe this has been in a separate bug report.
Comment 1 Art C 2015-09-07 21:09:24 UTC
So, I am requesting the following enhancement: The character spacing increment in LO Writer be changed from one-tenth of a point to one-hundreth of a point.
Comment 2 Buovjaga 2015-09-17 10:44:36 UTC
Character spacing conforms to these: http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/REC-xsl-20011015/slice5.html#section-N8185-Definitions-of-Units-of-Measure
There doesn't seem to be any reason why we could not define the spacing by 0,0 1 pt accuracy as the formatting is translated to the markup as for example (0,3 pt):

Setting to NEW.

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