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Beginner Talk / Re: Inherit properties from parent style
« Last post by a.l.e on December 10, 2018, 08:03:49 pm »
since scribus does currently show which formatting have been changed, it would be easy to add a reset functionality.
it just has to be implemented for each field...

the question is: how to expose it to the user...
that's probably a bit more ricky.

my first reflex is to add a context menu... but i'm with steve job there: context menus are not the best solution.
adding a button to each field would imo be more friendly, but having a button per field would be messy.

some widgets that is only shown when the fields is active? probably the best solution... but harder to create...

any further thoughts about it?
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Beginner Talk / Re: Inherit properties from parent style
« Last post by Franz Gratzer on December 10, 2018, 06:53:09 pm »
This is a workaround, but it should get you what you want:
  • Create an other style that has the properties you want.
  • Delete the original style and replace it with your new style (that never had the property changed you wanted to inherit from the parent).
Of course this is no fun if you have a very complicated style with many properties, but this way you can get to what you are aiming at.
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i would say that your "better" layout does not have a tweaking of the letter spacing.

Maybe I use the wrong term here but if I compare the first and second line of both examples then there is not only a difference in character width but also in the space between the letters.

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there are letters which are too close for me ... messing with the letter spacing is probably not a good idea.

I think if kept in a limited range it offers better results than doing everything with just glyph extension. (I probably went to far with it because in the right example I didn't have anything else for compensation.)

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i think that the space "compression" is very close to the word tracking ...

I didn't encounter the term "space compression" yet. Therefore I can't comment on your statement.

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nice that you've found your way for a better result with scribus!

Yes, I'm looking forward to my next Scribus project. It will be much more fun now. 8)
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Text and Typography / Re: Automatic letter spacing as addition to glyph extension?
« Last post by a.l.e on December 10, 2018, 12:01:02 am »
i would say that your "better" layout does not have a tweaking of the letter spacing.

when looking at your right layout, there are letters which are too close for me... that example suggests to me that messing with the letter spacing is probably not a good idea.

and for the styles, i think that the space "compression" is very close to the word tracking... no idea what the difference is, though.

finally, nice that you've found your way for a better result with scribus!
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did you have a look at the word tracking?
Thank you for pointing my attention to it, a.l.e. The naming has confused me since I didn't expect this value would have effect on letter spacing but on word spacing. In fact I was able to get better results now by using all three options: "Word Tracking", "Glyph Extension" and automatic hyphenation than with my editing by hand. (See the attached file with extremely narrow columns for reference.)
Of course it's a question how big of a variation one should accept to get rid of holes in lines. It is always unclear if to tightly packed together narrowed letters are better than to much white space. At least now I can use the available tools properly. (It's only a shame that I can't adjust the "Word Tracking" in the paragraph style like the "Glyph Extension".)
Now I'm even happier with Scribus. ;D
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Text and Typography / Re: Automatic letter spacing as addition to glyph extension?
« Last post by utnik on December 09, 2018, 12:27:12 pm »
…i mean, messing with the letter spacing might lead to a uglier result than the two (three) other options... what do the experts say?

well – i'm not en expert either, but i like good typography.

when you work with adjusted text, (at least when the columns aren't excessively wide,) you should:
  • hyphenate your text (with correct language settings and an adequate maximum number of consecutive hyphenations)
  • allow for some glyph extension and compression (up to ~97-103%)
  • allow for some 'elasticity' in the word tracking (i almost never allow less than 90% and keep the norm somewhere between 100% and 103%.)
the exact values depend on the column width and to some amount on the language.
with the glyph extension you adjust the whole line of text (characters and spaces) and keep the integrity of the font intact. and as the character spacing takes (in usual fonts) less than 15% of the line width, a correction like 2% glyph extension would need at least 12% wider spaces between the characters. (which might be ugly, while the 2% on the whole line of text would remain invisible…)

just a side note: sometimes people use monospaced fonts in adjusted text mode – don't do it! it's an act of cruelty.

utnik
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Announcements and Forum Rules / Re: How to use this forum
« Last post by Franz Gratzer on December 09, 2018, 09:53:35 am »
The e-mail sent to me doesn't contain my password, just gives instructions on how to change it should I wish.
Without a password you can't use the forum. These days the process seems to have improved and you just need to fill out the password form you get when visiting the link you received. Since there is actually no real sensitive data here the lack of https doesn't really bother me.
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Layout Issues / Re: wrap text around frame stopped working
« Last post by steven8 on December 09, 2018, 09:16:14 am »
One layer or no, the image needs 'moved up'.  Highlight the image, go to X,Y,Z properties, and 'level it up'.  It is under the text frame, so the text doesn't know it's there to go around.
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Layout Issues / wrap text around frame stopped working
« Last post by Arthur Benjamin on December 09, 2018, 02:52:33 am »
Hi I am a relatively new user on Scribus.  I was using Scribus 1.4.6 and until recently was able to figure things out.  But recently, any attempt to wrap text around ANY image frame fails.  It doesn't matter if I choose to wrap text around the image frame, bounding box, or contour line.  In all cases, the text just overlaps the image frame. I have since tried updating to version 1.4.7 but that didn't change anything.  This used to work perfectly for me. FYI: I am only using one layer.  I have no idea what the problem is.  Any suggestions as to what I may be doing wrong would be greatly appreciated. I've attached a screen shot.
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Text and Typography / Re: Automatic letter spacing as addition to glyph extension?
« Last post by a.l.e on December 08, 2018, 09:44:36 pm »
did you have a look at the word tracking?



this, with a little bit of glyph extension (and of course a reasonable hyphenation) might solve most of your issues...

but, indeed, scribus does not have an automatic control of the letter spacing.
i'm not typography expert, but i would say that in most cases it's not such a huge shortcoming...
(i mean, messing with the letter spacing might lead to a uglier result than the two (three) other options... what do the experts say?).
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