[Scribus] We have a lock to grid feature (almost!)
Mon Apr 12 23:54:32 CEST 2004
On Mon, 2004-04-12 at 23:39, Louis Desjardins wrote:
> Hello all,
> I want to add something to the discussion over the "lock to grid" feature.
> I was not absolutely right the other day when I said that text is
> hanging from the top element, giving poor alignments results from one
> column to another. There was a case about subtitles where it was
> clear that a lock to grid feature would have been no help (instead,
> it was a matter of understanding well how "leading" works and how we
> can make really nice typography using the spaces before and after).
> There was another case - if I remember well - where a picture on the
> top of the 2nd and 3rd column was preventing text from beeing
> perfectly aligned in all 3 columns. The text in column 1 was not
> aligned with the text in column 2 and 3. Hope you still follow me. ;-)
> The workaround I proposed then does certainly work. But it doesn't
> give credit to Scribus, which behaves far better than I thought at
> first. Also, I must say I was referring more to Quark than to Scribus
> (but the results were so identical...).
> Scribus has, in a way, a lock to grid feature built-in. Only, in
> certain circumstances it doesn't work. Let me explain. Say you have a
> 3-column text box. Text will flow from column to column and will be
> perfectly aligned. Add any item in the middle of any column, text
> will still be perfectly align (and will not "hang" as I thought at
> first, on the lower part of that element), as long as that item does
> not get over the gutter (space between the columns) or over the
> boundary of the text-box containing your main text. It is subtle
> though because it might even work in some cases. All this to say
> that, when handled properly, Scribus can be very kind!
> Also, I noticed that if you don't provide enough space between the
> text box and the text (Property palette>Shape>Distance to text
> (translated from French), some text characteristics (such as small
> caps) and even other elements can generate a misalignment. The
> workaround : increase the value of the Top space. That way, the whole
> text will start a little lower than the upper limit of the box
> itself, leaving room to accomodate the styles and/or elements that
> are in the way.
> This does not work when you have an element that would run through
> half of column 1 and then over column 2 and 3... There is still a
> need for this lock-to-grid feature. But, there are ways to live
> without it... for now!
Turn on "Adjust to Baseline grid" in paragraph styles and all the
paragraphs with that set in their style will align to the baseline grid
and be aligned across columns.
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