Linux: Font is displayed with different character heights

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Within Firefox, the font URW Palladio L - chosen to display the CSS font Palladio - is shown with different character heights; characters next to each other have a clearly visible different size, e.g. compare the "ee" and "p" in "keep":

Screenshot detail of different character heights


  • Kubuntu 12.04
  • Firefox 17.0.1


Set the Hinting Style to "slight" via:

{ Menu | System Settings | Application Appearance | Fonts | Use anti-aliasing, Configure | Hinting style }

Or make a manual change in ~/.fonts.conf:

@@ -13,7 +13,7 @@
  <match target="font">
   <edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle">
-   <const>hintmedium</const>
+   <const>hintslight</const>

Now the font displays ok:

Screenshot detail of font displayed ok with slight hinting style

Setting the hinting style to "medium" or "full" makes me face the problem again.



Example website with wrong font
Gives a list of all fonts installed local, and font URW Palladio L show garbled here as well.


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