In previous iText 7 Core versions, the font-size attribute in SVG’s text element was in some specific cases being calculated incorrectly.

This happened because iText would alternatively use default behavior when font size-relative length units (such as em, rem, etc.) are used. However, in iText 7 Core version 7.1.14 the correct rendering of these values is supported.

Moreover, the conventional default behavior is applied to units 100% and 1em of font-size elements that do not have parents to relate to.

You can consult the following link for more information on SVG font-size documentation:

Example input SVG:

Relative values support SVG test file:
<svg xmlns="" 
          width="400" height="400" viewBox="0 0 400 400" font-size="1">
         <g id="parentElement" font-size="50">
               <text x="10" y="150" font-size="3em">Text</text>
        <rect x="10" y="40" width="300" height="120" fill="none" stroke="black"/>

Font size default behavior SVG test file:

Font size default behavior SVG test file:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<svg xmlns="" width="595pt" height="842pt" version="1.1">
                <text x="20" y="20" font-size="6">font-size 6</text>
                <text x="20" y="50" font-size="10">font-size 10</text>
                <text x="20" y="80">No font-size</text>
                <text x="20" y="110" font-size="12">font-size 12</text>
                <text x="20" y="140" style="font-size:16px">css font-size 16</text>
                <text x="20" y="170" font-size="24">font-size 24</text>
                <text x="20" y="200" font-size="24px">font-size 24px</text>
                <text x="20" y="230" font-size="24pt">font-size 24pt</text>
                <text x="20" y="260" font-size="-16">font-size -16</text>
                <text x="20" y="290" font-size="10%">font-size 10%</text>
                <text x="20" y="320" font-size="50%">font-size 50%</text>
                <text x="20" y="420" font-size="100%">font-size 100%</text>
                <text x="20" y="550" font-size="150%">font-size 150%</text>
                <text x="20" y="580" font-size="12pt">font-size 12pt</text>
                <text x="20" y="610" font-size="12px">font-size 12px</text>
                <text x="20" y="640" font-size="12">font-size 12<tspan font-size="2em">font-size 2em</tspan></text>

The iText 7 Core code for generating the PDF from SVG remains the same: