Subject: Re: and Xft ?
To: None <>
From: Greg Troxel <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 05/27/2005 10:24:15
"Geert Hendrickx" <> writes:

> Also, I found another, probably related problem: when I type text in a
> very large font, the letters aren't bigger, but are just put further
> apart.  This makes OOo practically unusable... :(  

I use openoffice-linux (now changed to openoffice-bin I think), and
found that Bitstream Vera looks very nice.  Using fonts that aren't
present resultings in poor display much like what you show.

Your example shows Helvetica, and that isn't an entirely free font.
The ms-ttf package has Helvetica, and the all-important Arial and
Times New Roman :-(, and the license terms seem ok.  After installing
ms-ttf, you can run /usr/pkg/OpenOffice.org1.1.4/program/spadmin and
add the fonts from /usr/pkg/lib/X11/fonts/TTF (check the 'make
symlink' button).  This will link them into

I still have trouble with huge (>24 pt?) Helvetica.  But large Arial
or Bitstream Vera (Sans or Serif) look fine.

It would be really nice if there were an openoffice-ms-ttf package
that was able to run spadmin froma script to do this.

        Greg Troxel <>