[Label Placement] Baseline is displaced when the label has line breaks and descenders


Hi there,

I’m facing an issue related with the “_Label Placement_”.
When a label has line breaks and letter with descenders, such as “_g_”, “_p_”, “_q_”, “_y_”, “_j_”, the baseline gets displaced.

For example:

  • CASE 1 – The label has line breaks but no descenders >>> IT WORKS FINE (see attached-file case_1_sample_1.png)

  • CASE 2 – The label has descenders but no line breaks >>>_ IT WORKS FINE_ (see attached-file case_2_sample_1.png)

  • CASE 3 – The label has line breaks and descenders >>> *+


    +* (see attached-files case_3_sample_1.png & case_3_sample_2.png)

I also have attached to this ticket the SLD file and some sample data to reproduce the problem.

Best regards,



GeoServer Version 2.13.2


Fabian Ortega
April 25, 2019, 12:20 PM

Hi Andrea and Imran,

I'm sorry for my late reply, I was on vacations for a long period, but now I'm back.

First of all, thank you for your help.

Second, regarding the first question, I'm using Windows 7 Professional x64 and my Java Provider is Oracle.

Indeed, case 1 and case 2 should place the text below the line, I added the displacement of -22 in the y direction 'cuz I thought this was normal and it needed to be "fixed" it by adding a constant displacement in the y direction.

So, I've downloaded GeoServer version 2.14.3, tested it and the results are exactly the same than version 2.13.2. Are you sure that you're getting different results? If yes, what version of GeoServer are you using?

See the attached files rendered_with_version_2.13.2.png and rendered_with_version_2.14.3.png please.

Imran Rajjad
April 25, 2019, 12:30 PM

yes the changes were fixed, can you please try to remove the displacement as see if things change?

Fabian Ortega
April 25, 2019, 12:43 PM

yes, the displacement has been removed already. The attached files "rendered_with_version_2.13.2.png" and "rendered_with_version_2.14.3.png" don't have any displacement applied.

Imran Rajjad
April 26, 2019, 10:37 AM

can you please send snapshots when using different fonts also.

Fabian Ortega
April 26, 2019, 11:05 AM

Yes, of course. In the attached files to this message I'm sending you snapshots using the following fonts :

  • Arial

  • Calibri

  • Consolas

  • Courier New

  • Georgia

  • Tahoma

  • Times New Roman

  • Verdana

If you need anything else, please don't hesitate


Imran Rajjad


Fabian Ortega


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