[Scribus] Linespacing issues

Louis Desjardins louis_desjardins
Thu Dec 14 00:33:03 CET 2006

Branko Vukelic a ?crit :
> On Wednesday 13. December 2006. 22:36, Clayborne Arevalo wrote:
>>I think the way Scribus handles linespacing isn't optimal for
>>multi-column layouts.
>>For example, let's say I create a line with 12pt text at 36pt
>>linespacing. If the line is the first line in the text box,
>>Scribus will ignore the huge linespacing I specified for the
>>text (36pt) and instead use the height of the text as linespacing
>>(12pt). Scribus will only honor the linespacing if it's not on
>>the first line of the text box.
>>This makes it difficult to align multi-column layouts.
>>Imagine the following scenario: I have a "Section Head" style
>>with 14pt text at 24pt linespacing. For my "Normal Text" style I
>>have 10pt text at 12pt linespacing. If Scribus honors my 24pt and
>>12pt linespacing everywhere it occurs, then I will have not much
>>trouble aligning my text, since obviously:
>>12pt x 2 = 24pt.
>>However, with Scribus's current behavior of ignoring linespacing at
>>the top, I have to manually reposition the text box if I want my
>>columns to finish evenly at the bottom since the first line will
>>have a linespacing of 14pt rather than 12pt.

QXP and ID also ignore the first line's leading.

> If I understand you correctly, Scribus doesn't offer any way of specifying the 
> offset of first line from the top of the box?

Not true. You can set the baseline grid as you wish and set the starting 
point of the grid.

> I find this to be slightly inconvenient, too. For example, InDesign, that I 
> use at work, offers the following choices:
> 1. Cap Height (this is what I usually work with): height of letter T (or H), 
> for example.
> 2. Leading (line height)
> 3. x height
> 4. ascender...

> Maybe there is something else, but the above is what I use, depending on the 
> particular problem. This is much faster to work with than repositioning 
> boxes.
> Also, a nice feature is to be able to specify different baseline grids for 
> different boxes.

Scribus has baseline grid feature on board for a long time now.


> Now, I did read the part about Scribus not being a clone of DTP app XYZ, but I 
> think these are more generic features that could be included in future 
> releases.
> Just my 2 cents.
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