[Scribus] OpenType support in Scribus 1.1.x

Stefan Baums baums
Tue Nov 4 21:27:21 CET 2003

Dear list,

I am interested in the new OpenType support of the Scribus
development version.  The website states that

   Scribus [as per 1.1.1] now can fully support for Open Type
   fonts, including sub-setting in PDF and postscript. All glyphs
   are accessible including expert sets, true small capitals, old
   style figures and enhanced ligatures..

What do you mean by ?can? in that statement?  As far as actual
OpenType support is concerned, according to my experiments with
1.1.2 that seems to be pretty much limited to GPOS support (what I
got working was horizontal GPOS kerning with Microsoft?s Times New
Roman font).  Scribus did not seem able to perform GSUB ligature
substitution, nor does there seem to be OpenType support for
non?Latin scripts.  (At least not for Devan?gar?.  While this may
not be a high priority for current users, it would be nice having
seeing that QT, GTK, OpenOffice and Yudit all now support it.)

Could you please give some details on what parts of OpenType
Scribus verifiably supports at the moment?  If any of the
abovementioned non?working features are supposed to be working,
I?ll be happy to give more details about my fonts and setup to
help debug the issue.

Many thanks,
Stefan Baums

Stefan Baums
Asian Languages and Literature
University of Washington

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