Author Topic: Gauging interest for support of Indic and Right-To-Left Script in Scribus  (Read 1557 times)


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This is just an initial post. I've seen time and time again on the bugtracker, mailing-list, and on the forum here... how there is a big want for support of Indic Scripts and RTL languages.

From what I've been able to understand this is no small task to implement. Also that there have been attempts and somewhat successes with getting it to work somewhat for example: there is a mythical branch, deep in the bowels of the SVN, that if one compiles can experience the richness of this feature working. I don't mean to sound facetious, i'm bringing humor to the process that is obvious: Most people don't know about this or how to compile this, including myself (sort of, I haven't allocated the time enough to learn git/svn/virtualbox/ubuntu/cmake etc...). Because it's not just learning 1 thing but exponentially learning several things at once which can derail the initial intent to work with Scribus.

So all that being said...I'm interested to help initially organize a group of folks that would pledge their support in whatever way to make this happen in Scribus. Perhaps we set up a 'Bounty' where we crowdfund a solution? Or perhaps we bring more awareness to this and create a buzz loud enough to attract folks to work on this, like Google Summer of Code 2014? I'm sure there are other ways as well. For now this is just a post to gauge interest. If you are interested, please respond to the thread and make sure you have the forum set to notify you when the thread updates.

Something might come of this or may not... It really depends on who steps up and how much they are interested in giving back to this amazing software. Hoping to hear from y'all.


EDIT: Links of interest:

EDIT#2: Bugtracker links

EDIT#3: There is an indic patch in the contributor GIT repo as per this link

* Metabug: Support for non-latin languages

* Hebrew

* Devangri

* Arabic

* Khmer

* Chinese
* Lao

* Thai

* Tibetan

* Japanese

EDIT#4: A new Indic supported branch of Scribus. Please test it out and give feedback
« Last Edit: January 28, 2014, 05:51:42 pm by Kunda »


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Re: Gauging interest for support of Indic and Right-To-Left Script in Scribus
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2014, 08:00:11 pm »
I am insteresting in contributing whatever I can for support of Lao (maybe Thai script).
I am working with Lao OpenType fonts using postitioning features to place diacritics which work with LibreOffice (whatever the OS) but not with Sribus.
I could send you information to complete your page about the different languages, providing the recommended fonts and samples showing the problem.
I attach here a PDF test file comparing correct rendering (LibreOffice) and incorrect rendering (Scribus)