I'm using LibreOffice in Ubuntu 17.10 operating system. Both of my Locale setting and the Complex text layout setting are set to Bengali (Bangladesh). I use IBus m17n as the language input method to write Bangla/Bengali texts.


When I use the Format - Paragraph - Alignment tab - Option - Justified command, the Bengali language paragraphs in my .odt documents do not get justified properly. The right side of the alignment gets unevenly justified. Moreover, the spaces between the words — and the spaces between the words and the punctuation marks — are unevenly distributed. That is to say, there are false spaces appearing randomly here and there in the paragraphs. Please see the screenshot:

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If I try to delete such a false space by putting the cursor to the right side of the "space" and hit the Backspace Key, the "space" doesn't delete; it actually deletes the immediate next character to the left of the cursor.

Please tell me how to fix the problem.


Clue One: When I convert the same Bengali language paragraphs to any of English language fonts like Liberation Serif the justification alignment and spaces become absolutely perfect.

Clue Two: English language paragraphs in the same document (even if they are converted to some Bengali language font like Lohit Bengali) shows no such trouble. They are just okay.

  • Which font? In my experience, LO renders some Devanagari fonts better than others, so the same is probably true for Bangla script as well. Also, try exporting to a PDF file and see if the problem occurs when opened in a PDF viewer. Or similarly, see if the problem occurs when the document is printed. – Jim K May 7 '18 at 12:34
  • All Bengali fonts in my computer. For example, Lohit Bengali, AponaLohit, Mukti Narrow, Ekushey Amar Bangla, Ani, Bangla, BenSen, Likhan, Mitra Mono, Siyam Rupali, etc. Please clarify what do you mean by LO? Lohit Odia? Yes, LO renders perfect. Not only LO, but many other Non-Bangali fonts work okay. But That does not solve my problem. They all look like Mukti Narrow. The problem remains when exported to a PDF file and opened in a PDF viewer, OR when it is printed. IS IT A BUG? – Salim Reza Newton May 8 '18 at 19:05
  • LO is short for LibreOffice. – Jim K May 9 '18 at 0:43
  • Thanks, Jim K. I'm thinking of upgrading to Ubuntu 18.04 and thereby to LO 6. I hope that will solve my problem. I've tested the 18.04 live USB. – Salim Reza Newton May 12 '18 at 15:29
  • May I use LibreOffice Writer in Ubuntu 18.04? That version of LO didn't have this problem, I remember. – Salim Reza Newton May 13 '18 at 12:59

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