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River (of white), a diagonal gap between multiple lines) in text box?

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I have text placed inside a text box which is a shape transformed into a text box.

A diagonal blank line appears in the middle of the text (see attachment).

I have tried copying the text from notepad and wordpad, and clearing formatting, but to no avail.

Also, it only does this on some shapes, but not on others.

I'd be very grateful for any ideas on how to get rid of this?

hi stranger

this looks really weird.
did you ever check the nodes and control points of your text frames? ('properties' → 'shape' → 'edit') – an errant control point could cause your white rivers…


Thanks Utnik, but no, that doesn't seem to be it.

I should add perhaps that the 'shape' I'm using it a font converted into a text box.

I think it has something to do with a sort of left-over design process, when the font shape was drawn up and designed.

hi stranger

could you show me an .sla file with such a text box? (empty or filled with sample text…) – i would like to have a close look at the problem.


Hi Utnik,

That would be incredibly appreciated!

To recap: this is a font changed to a text box.

The font is a Geez letter (Amharic, from Ethiopia), in this case A0 Tesfa Unicode.


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