# Setspace fine-tuning or an alternative for scrbook

I'm looking for either an option of setspace that is between onehalfspacing and doublespacing or an alternative to setspace. Unfortunately, I need to be closer to the Word's 1.5 paragraph spacing to satisfy a thesis requirement.

I'm using a KOMA-script scrbook class, so if there is a built-in functionality, that would be best.

onehalfspacing result is too narrow:

doublespacing is too wide:

\setstretch{1.45} looks about right, but I'm not sure if this is safe to use with regard to list environments and similar. The setspace's documentation is quite terse.

My MWE looks like this:

\documentclass[12pt]{scrbook}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont{Times New Roman}
\usepackage[onehalfspacing]{setspace}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}
\lipsum[2]
\end{document}

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A look into setspace.sty reveals, that the three commands \single..., \onehalf... and \doublespacing just use a \setstretch{...} command, with the factor depending on documentclass' setting of fontsize, i.e. 10pt, 11pt, 12pt. There is no further option except of nodisplayskipstretch –  Christian Hupfer Jun 15 '14 at 9:00
@ChristianHupfer Could you turn this comment into an answer, so that we can resolve this question? Thank you. –  ipavlic Jun 15 '14 at 9:06
The meaning of line distance in Word isn't equal to LaTeX. You have to be aware the typographical term "leading". Se: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/20939/what-exactly-is-leading –  Marco Daniel Jun 15 '14 at 9:06
For every German user: blog.jusmi.de/2013/03/schrift-einfach-nach-belieben-oder –  Marco Daniel Jun 15 '14 at 9:10
@MarcoDaniel: Did you just change the link? ;-) I was confused about that funeral sermon on ARIAL. –  Christian Hupfer Jun 15 '14 at 9:12

A look into setspace.sty reveals, that the three commands

\singlespacing, \onehalfspacing and \doublespacing

just use a

\setstretch{...} command, with the factor depending on setting of fontsize (e.g. as optional parameter to the \documentclass), i.e. 10pt, 11pt, 12pt.

There is no further option except of nodisplayskipstretch.

Most probably one has to use \setstretch{x} with some experimental value x, found out by direct comparison on screen with MS Word and *.tex output and a printout of both documents.

It is very difficult (thanks to Marco Daniels comment above) to compare linespacings in MS Word and LaTeX and perhaps in other word editors/typesetters.

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