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after mrb's post i had a short look into what are hyphenation dictionaries...

  • mrb's link brings as to the list of all dictionaries for libreoffice
  • i had a look on the italian and french "folders"
  • in both cases the hyphenation dictionary was converted from the existing latex one (
  • there seem to be no maltese dictionaries for libreoffice or latex
  • there is a maltese page for libreoffice but it does not seem to contain any link / resource specific to your language:

so what you can do now?

i guess that the best is to get in touch with the libreoffice community or maintainer of a language that is close to maltese and see with them what you need to do for creating the language files for your language.

this having been said, i don't see any language pack for the european smaller / minority languages so it might be something that is hard to create / maintain...
You can just move or copy the files. Not sure why you would want to do that though?
Scribus uses the same format that libreoffice etc uses. We include a couple by default, but otherwise rely on a few options, sourced from the system via packages, via a LibreOffice etc install, or people can use the Scribus Resource Manager window to download them. Most of them are sourced via There's nothing there with the "mt" language either. It is not obvious that libreoffice has something elsewhere either. There may be a Maltese community that does this sort of work though such an an educational institution, ministry etc.
I suppose its not that hard to create the file but I don't know the formatting myself.
I'm using Scribus to format a book in Maltese. There is no hyphenation dictionary for this language. Are there guides to creating a hyphenation dictionary? What is the format used? I would appreciate any pointers.

Text and Typography / Re: Small Caps Scaling
Last post by AdmFubar - June 04, 2024, 09:19:48 PM
Ok just did a some checking into this. Once the small caps size is selected in the user prefs, it cannot be changed for the document you are working one.

Was this the intent for this option? or an oversight? I'm thinking this option needs to be changeable, not  permanent for a document.
Text and Typography / Small Caps Scaling
Last post by AdmFubar - June 04, 2024, 06:14:36 PM
This doesn't seem to work in 1.5.8. Was trying to update a document and wanted to adjust the scaling between the first letter and the remaining letters. This setting is in the typography panel of preferences.

Can anyone else confirm? Also suggest making the small caps scaling available from the style panel as well.

Ok played with options. It is something inherent to my document that it isn't updating the small caps.

Made a new doc, added text and  and did a directly applied the small caps, and the sizing works.  Must be something with the styles I've applied to the text. Will investigate more and report back.
Beginner Talk / Re: Recurring text to many pag...
Last post by Nermander - June 04, 2024, 05:08:58 PM
Quote from: finnishcoffee on June 03, 2024, 06:18:44 AMStill a lot of editing to do compared to just two cells but definately better then doing every single page...
Scrubis does seem to have a knack for crashing with masterpages that contains such things as tex frames tho.

How many different Master Pages do you have?
Beginner Talk / Re: Recurring text to many pag...
Last post by AdmFubar - June 03, 2024, 07:29:15 PM
Quote from: finnishcoffee on June 03, 2024, 06:51:01 AMAnd OMG how I hate this forum verification and autologout system LOL - I just had to re-write this entire thing because of it. O.o
you can change the time for the auto logout. it is there in the login window.
Beginner Talk / Re: Recurring text to many pag...
Last post by joseb - June 03, 2024, 09:39:08 AM
It is clear that the initial question of this thread should be solved with:
- Master pages.
- Mark / Variable texts (outside the master pages and/or inside the different master pages you create).

Maybe your file is corrupted. Create a new Scribus file with the default settings and start trying very simple things without making complex combinations. First, try to study how to work with master pages. Secondly, with variable texts.

Don't combine 'text frames' with 'table cells'. To start with, it is best to work only with 'text frames'.

Finally, remember that to insert a mark / variable text, you need to be inside the text frame with the blinking cursor ready to type...
Beginner Talk / Re: Recurring text to many pag...
Last post by finnishcoffee - June 03, 2024, 06:51:01 AM
Quote from: joseb on May 31, 2024, 11:06:42 AMMaybe you can create two 'variable texts'. One 'variable text' for ISSUE and another variable for DATE.

- Create a text frame and put the cursor inside.
- Right click / Insert mark / Variable text.
- Create a 'variable text' where label is ISSUE and DATE. In the text to insert field you should place text that you will update in other Scribus files.
- Assign it a paragraph style.

- Insert these text variables in as many text frames as you want and change the paragraph styles in each frame if you want. Right click / Insert markup / Text variable.

- To change the variables you will have to right click on the text itself and choose 'edit mark'. Also by double clicking or from the edit menu.
- When you change the variable text it will be updated in all the frames where it is inserted. It will respect the different paragraph styles you have applied.

- If the frames are on master pages you may have to exit the edit mode and re-enter...
- I have also noticed that the 'variable text' can affect numbered listings... After changing a 'variable text' several times, all the numbered listings become numbered 1... and 1,2,3 does not appear... I'm not sure if this error is linked to the 'variable text' but it has happened to me a few times.
- Text variables can have a different paragraph style wherever they are inserted. This means that the variable appears in a different font, size, colour or justification in each place. For example: in one place it could be aligned to the right, in another to the left and in another centred... But I think it is not possible to apply 'align text forced justified'.

I cant get that righklick menu to work. Its there, but the options in it are greyed out.
Something is amiss somwhere I think. I havent even made a master page when trying this.
The only one there is the "normal" one wich can not be deleted either. I assume the document must have at keast the default one.
Attempting to make said variable text box on a new masterpage and editing that masterpages content, will change the "insert mark" submenu to only have the "variable text" in it... Still greyed out tho...

And OMG how I hate this forum verification and autologout system LOL - I just had to re-write this entire thing because of it. O.o