[Scribus] Basic questions about using ligatures in Scribus

Craig Bradney cbradney
Sun May 8 17:31:21 CEST 2005

On Sunday 08 May 2005 16:32, Maciej Hanski wrote:
> On Sun, 08 May 2005 09:10:04 -0400
> Louis Desjardins <louisdesjardins at videotron.ca> wrote:
> > >On Sunday 08 of May 2005 13:51, Craig Bradney wrote:
> > >>  If you want to use ligatures, you have to put them in manually at
> > >
> > >this>  point in time.
> > >
> > >...and it's very annoying. It should be done automatically. Other
> > >thing - it will be propably time consuming for large texts.
> >
> > This is a perfect use for a "multiple search & replace" feature which
> > would allow users to set any number of strings to be looked for and
> > substituted, at once. One could save this search & replace file for
> > further use. So, in the ligature case, you could have a preset file
> > simply called "Ligatures" and call it at any time in production.
> >
> > That way, and until OpenType extra glyphs are fully and automatically
> > supported in Scribus (and even when they are), this could make
> > possible the use of the Expert series fonts that have all those extra
> > glyphs not found in the regular typeface. Who wants to search &
> > replace *one at a time* all the digits from 0 to 9 to set the regular
> > "Cap height" numbers to their "lowercase" counterparts? etc. Examples
> > for this are tons.
> >
> > AFAIK, "multiple search & replace" doesn't exist in any of the
> > well-known DTP app (nor in any WP app). Only Quark had an XTension
> > called AliasPro back in the years of version 2-3-4. This XTension is
> > not maintained anymore. It was perfect to "clean" text coming from
> > various sources and help formatting.
> >
> > Personnaly, I would see this feature as a *very* nice addition to
> > Scribus.
> I wonder, if this ligature issue couldn't be rather a job for a plug in
> or an extension script, the kind of Petr's Short Words? What I don't
> understand is, how do other applications (e.g. LaTeX -- Petr?) know
> which glyphs and how to substitute? Is this information delivered with
> the font, or does a user always have to define it from scratch? If it's
> delivered with the font or a particular type of fonts (Type1, what
> else?), user interaction woudn't be necessary, right? An user could
> just execute the script the way he does with the hyphenation (before or
> after hyphenation?).

The new text system coming to 1.3.x (where I dont know where .x is, yet) 
should handle it all automagically.

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