[Scribus] Wiki stuff : "Workaround for thin spaces"

Louis Desjardins louis_desjardins
Thu Mar 2 18:40:44 CET 2006

Louis Desjardins a ?crit :

> Hi,
> Can someone pick the following post and place it on the Scribus wiki for 
> me, please! Sorry, I haven't got very far with this valuable tool. 
> Should be placed in the HOW-TO section.

Sorry, here might be a better place:



> Also, I can provide a French 
> translation for this, as soon as I get a little extra time. (Greg, if 
> you have any... ? joking!). Anyone willing to translate is welcomed! I 
> should be done during the week-end.
> Many many thanks in advance! :)
> Cheers,
> Louis
> Louis Desjardins a ?crit :
>>[Please feel free to put the following in the wiki. It can be 
>>translated as well, of course.]
>>6 easy steps to get faked thin spaces into Scribus.*
>>1. Edit the Preferences > Short Words file so only the punctuation 
>>signs that need thin spaces are in the list. [Basically, " ;, !, 
>>?,"]. Save.
>>2. Apply Short Words from the Extras > Short Words menu
>>3. Select one resulting space and copy it.
>>4. Open the Search and Replace dialog and Paste that space in both 
>>Text field. In the Replace field change the font size to 1/4 of your 
>>body text. Then hit "Search" and "Replace All"
>>5. Go back to Preferences > Short Words and replace the punctuation 
>>signs that need thin spaces by the ones that need regular 
>>non-breaking space. [Basically, " :,? , ?,"]. Save.
>>6. Apply Short Words (step #2) and your done.
>>The draw back is your thin spaces will not be fixed-width spaces. 
>>Only, they will be much smaller. They will always be closer to the 
>>preceding word, which is what we want to achieve. But the width of 
>>the thin space may vary from line to line. Don't forget it's a 
>>regular non-breaking space that is only set to a smaller typesize. It 
>>will look better and give the feel of 2 different spaces.
>>*It looks like a long ride but it really only takes a few minutes and 
>>it does make a huge difference in typographic quality.
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