is a new version of the free office suite for Windows, macOS and Linux. Among its many new features is a fully-revamped text engine which uses HarfBuzz
and supports both automatic and user-controlled OpenType Layout features for all scripts. The release notes
- OpenType layout is now supported on all platforms, and default OpenType features are enabled for all languages.
- Graphite layout is now supported on macOS as well, not only Linux and Windows.
- OpenType layout features can be controlled using the syntax previously only supported for Graphite fonts.
- Improved Kashida justification for Arabic script.
- Improved vertical text layout for CJK scripts to use HarfBuzz instead of the home grown solution(s).
- All text layout now goes through HarfBuzz, there is no longer any distinction between so-called simple and complex scripts.
- Many Windows-only and macOS-only text layout bugs have been fixed.
- Improved and consistent calculation of inter-line spacing across platforms
- Enable vertical “left to right” block direction, needed for traditional Mongolian and Manchu
The OpenType Layout features in LibreOffice are controlled by appending a suffix to the font name in the "Character" font dropdown list. For example, if I select some text and choose the font "EB Garamond" from the font list, I get the default features applied (e.g. "liga"), but I can edit the font name in the dropdown list and change it to "EB Garamond:dlig=1", then the "dlig" feature will also be applied, or I can specify: "EB Garamond:dlig=1&lnum=1&hlig=1" as the font name to have more features enabled. See this in action: http://recordit.co/wWIOisqkQ0