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From Henryk Hecht ...@hhecht.e4ward.com>
Subject text-anchor: middle bug?
Date Fri, 10 Jun 2011 00:28:46 GMT
There appears to be a rather unusual bug in font handling under newer JDKs 
with squiggle, and I am somewhat at a loss to guess what's actually 
happening.  Below is a pseudo-minimal test case.  Effectively, the problem 
appears to be that under some circumstances, text-anchor: middle does not 
work, and instead aligns the text somewhat in the text-advance direction 
of where it ought to be; specifically, in the figure below, the line 
should bisect all three tspans, but fails to do so for the second of them.

I'm presently seeing this error on Sun, er, Oracle Java 1.6.0_25-b06 on 
opensuse 11.3 (Linux).  The error does not occur with an antiquated 
1.5.0_22-b03 JDK I've lying around.  Nor does it occur with firefox, 
opera, or inkscape (though the latter doesn't seem to support @dy).  I've 
not yet been able to test on windows.  Both Batik 1.6 and 1.7 behave 

Significantly, the error in alignment only occurs if some text in the same 
font has previously (document order, I assume) been used: deleting the 
first text element, or changing its font (or the font of the second 
element) causes the problem to vanish.  So long as the fonts are kept the 
same however, the problem seems to occur with all fonts that I've tested 

If there are additional text elements, they will all exhibit this problem. 
If a text element contains additional tspans, all but the last will be 

I don't know how text-anchor: middle is implemented in Batik, and it seems 
it isn't easy to find out, but perhaps Batik (or the newer versions of the 
JDK) is caching some incorrect information-AWT font metrics perhaps? 
Really, I'm just guessing-I hope that someone with greater expertise might 
be able to produce a better guess.

I've not had a chance to look at it systematically, but it seems as though 
the misaligned tspans are approximately (but not quite) aligned on the 
middle of the text excluding the last word; effectively left-aligned when 
there is only a single word.  Perhaps the behavior of a collection changed 
between JDKs 1.5 and 1.6 (or became buggy), and a fencepost error has 
developed as a result?  Again, this is only a guess.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"
       style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14; text-anchor: middle;"
     <tspan x="50">Sample Text</tspan>
       style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14; text-anchor: middle;"
     <tspan x="50">More Sample</tspan>
     <tspan dy="1em" x="50">Text</tspan>
   <line x1="50" y1="0" x2="50" y2="70" stroke="black" stroke-width=".5"/>


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