[Scribus] N00b Stupid Table Question

Paraplegic Racehorse paraplegic_racehorse
Fri Oct 21 10:53:32 CEST 2005

John Jordan wrote:

>Anyway, I firefoxed my way to scribus.net and read everything 
>there Not a peep about navigating tables. In fact, tables weren't 
>even mentioned.
>So what's the secret?
John, I recently ran into this while I was redesigning my business
cards. I own a taxi company and I place my fare prices dominantly on the
face of the card with a listing of common charter destinations and their
prices on the back. Both are in nice, friendly tables that I built in
Scribus. Since everybody else pretty much told you what Scribus _can't_
yet do, here's a bit of what it _can_ do with regards to tables.

1. A table in scribus is a group of individual text frames. To edit the
frames, first ungroup them.

2. You cannot "tab" your way through the table cells (text frames).
Instead, you have to select each cell (frame) independantly with the
mouse. Likewise, to adjust the paragraph style within the frame, you
must have only one frame selected at a time.

3. To resize a column, select every cell (frame) in the column, grab the
drag handle and drag to your heart's content. Keep in mind that the
other cells will not automagically align to your new width, so you will
have to readjust them manually. Same goes for resizing rows.

4. To merge cells (frames), delete all but one and resize that to fill
the left-over void.

5. You can simulate a whole table frame by placing a graphic box of the
same size as your whole table behind the table and editing its line
attributes. You can play with the line attributes of each frame of your
table to get a cell-grid, or you can space the cells apart a little and
mod the fill color of the graphics box below.

It takes a bit of work, but you can build satisfactory and sophisticated
tables with the tools already available in Scribus. And don't let these
other guys tell you otherwise.

(I will place these few notes into the wiki, somewhere.)

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