# Equal line spacing in tabularx?

I'm using tabularx to make a nice chapter title (probably not the way to go, but the easiest for me to align stuff).

1. How do I make the title line spacing equal? (The letter "g" messes up the spacing), also why is the title not horizontally aligned?

2. Is there a better way to achieve this effect without using tabularx? Big chapter number on the right aligned at the bottom, while the title is underlined and multilined?

\documentclass{book}

\usepackage{xcolor}

\usepackage[explicit]{titlesec}
\usepackage{lmodern}
\usepackage{tabularx}

\newcolumntype{L}{>{\raggedleft\arraybackslash}X}

\renewcommand\tabularxcolumn[1]{b{#1}}

\titleformat{\chapter}[block]
{\normalfont\sffamily}{}{0pt}
{
\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{@{}L r@{}}
{\Huge \sffamily \textbf {#1}}\vspace{0.2em} &
{\normalfont\sffamily\fontsize{120}{110}\selectfont\color{gray!25}{\textbf \thechapter}} \\\cline{1-1}
\end{tabularx}
}

\begin{document}

\chapter{ace ace ace ace ace ace ace age ace ace ace ace ace ace ace }

\end{document}


• you should put the \Huge before the \begin{tabular} so that the standard line spacing fits. – Ulrike Fischer Jul 6 '20 at 7:07
• this is unrelated to tabular {\Huge \sffamily \textbf {#1}} sets Huge text on a nornalsize baseline as you end the size xhange with } before the end of the paragraph – David Carlisle Jul 6 '20 at 7:17

I suggest you change

\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{@{}L r@{}}
{\Huge \sffamily \textbf {#1}}\vspace{0.2em} &


to

\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{@{} >{\Huge\sffamily\bfseries}L r @{}}
#1 &


A full MWE:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{xcolor}

\usepackage[explicit]{titlesec}
\usepackage{lmodern}

\usepackage{tabularx}
\newcolumntype{L}{>{\raggedleft\arraybackslash}X}
\renewcommand\tabularxcolumn[1]{b{#1}}

\titleformat{\chapter}[block]
{\normalfont\sffamily}{}{0pt}
{
%\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{@{}L r@{}}
%{\Huge \sffamily \textbf {#1}}\vspace{0.2em} &
\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{@{} >{\Huge\sffamily\bfseries}L r @{}}
#1 &
{\normalfont\sffamily \fontsize{120}{110}\selectfont \color{gray!25}{\textbf \thechapter}} \\\cline{1-1}
\end{tabularx}
}

\begin{document}
\chapter{ace ace ace ace ace ace ace age ace ace ace ace ace ace ace}
\end{document}


I'd not use tabularx, but a top aligned \parbox that contains a bottom aligned \parbox with the title, the vertical skip and the rule. This way the chapter number will be aligned with the bottom line of the title.

\documentclass{book}

\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{showframe} % just for the example

\usepackage{titlesec}
\usepackage{lmodern}

\titleformat{name=\chapter}[block]
{\normalfont\sffamily}
{}
{0pt}
{\jakechapter{\thechapter}}

\titleformat{name=\chapter,numberless}[block]
{\normalfont\sffamily}
{}
{0pt}
{\jakechapter{\hphantom{0}}}

\newsavebox{\jakechapterbox}
\newcommand{\jakechapter}[2]{%
\sbox{\jakechapterbox}{\normalfont\fontsize{120}{110}\sffamily\bfseries\color{gray!25}#1}%
\parbox[t]{\dimexpr\textwidth-\wd\jakechapterbox-2\tabcolsep}{%
\parbox[b]{\linewidth}{%
\raggedleft\normalfont\Huge\sffamily\bfseries#2%
}
\vspace{0.2em}\hrule
}\hfill\usebox{\jakechapterbox}%
}

\begin{document}

\begingroup\let\clearpage\relax\let\cleardoublepage\relax

\chapter*{Introduction}

\chapter{This is a chapter title split across two lines}

\endgroup

\end{document}


The \begingroup...\endgroup business is for producing a single image with two chapter titles, one numbered and the other unnumbered.

The second picture shows that the baselines of the title and of the chapter number agree.