Font kerning (character-to -character spacing) when printing problem
James Richard Tyrer
tyrerj at acm.org
Thu Mar 25 03:08:46 GMT 2004
Mark Thorp Duxbury wrote:
> I am having a near show stopper problem with printing. While on screen fonts
> are fine, when printed, from *any* application, the kerning is so bad as to
> render the printout unusable for anything but the roughest draft uses. In
> some instances some characters actually touch or even overlap, while others
> have huge spaces between them. Sometimes spaces between words are nearly
> nonexistent. I have tried several different fonts, all TrueType, with the
> same result. Searching around, all I've found is this kword bug:
> http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=73484 - but since it has no votes I am
> assuming that, and assuming it is the same problem that I am having, it is
> not occurring widely and may be caused by some configuration or fontsystem
> Is this actually a kde (or qt) bug or does anyone have any suggestions that I
> might try to fix this problem? It really is a big problem here, as good
> printing is essential for us.
> I am using kde 3.2.1, qt 3.3.1, ghostscript 7.07, on linux.
> Thanks, and if this question has been answered elsewhere please forgive me for
> not finding it - but a pointer to that answer would be greatly appreciated.
There are known bugs with the Qt-PostScript Driver. However, it does work
more or less except that the spacing of letters of proportionally spaced
fonts are slightly too wide.
And people having your problem is a known problem, but not everybody has
it. GhostScript 8.11 is now available -- it wouldn't hurt to upgrade.
Would you please advise me which fonts that you have tried and send me
(private e-mail) a test PostScript file. Like 4 lines of The quick brown
fix jumps over the fat lazy dog. Just use the print to file option in the
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