Scale font only vertically (poor man’s condensed of Libertine)

I’m using Linux Libertine to typeset the translation of a poem with eledmac/eledpar. The original text appears on the left pages and the translation on the right ones. Since the translated verses are longer then the original once it happens often that a single word of the translated verse breaks in a new line. This is ok, but I thought about scaling the font of the translated font slightly in the vertical direction to create a poor man’s condensed version of Libertine.

I know that this is not the best way but I want at least see if it looks that bad.

\documentclass[parskip=full]{scrartcl}

\usepackage{libertine}

\usepackage{geometry}
\geometry{showframe,textwidth=70mm}

\begin{document}
This is a text that is a little to long for this line.

This is a text that is a little to long for this line.
\end{document}


I’m aware of fontspec’s Width option, but it won’t work for Libertine and Scale affects width and height.

All solutions taking an argument (e.g. \scalebox) wont work here, because I can’t wrap all verses in such a macro. So I need a switch like \addfontfeature or something else.

• What is your question? – user22108 Oct 8 '13 at 15:36
• @user22108: How to scale a font vertically only ;-) (ps. Do us a favour and change your username to something more telling than "user1234".) – Tobi Oct 9 '13 at 7:43

Font feature FakeStrech might help:

\documentclass[parskip=full]{scrartcl}

\usepackage{libertine}

\begin{document}
This is a text that is a little to long for this line.

This is a text that is a little to long for this line.}

This is a text that is a little to long for this line.}

\end{document}


• This is what I was looking for :-) Thanks! – Tobi Oct 9 '13 at 9:10
\usepackage{letterspace}

\textls[-17]{This is a text that is a little to long for this line.}


Works for pdflatex.

• I’m using XeTeX, so this won’t help. Furthermore your solution will reduce the space between the letters but not the letter size itself … – Tobi Oct 9 '13 at 7:44