[Scribus] line spacing only between paragraphs - how to?

Riku Leino tsoots
Wed May 30 19:25:09 CEST 2007

Gregory Pittman wrote:
> Henry Hartley wrote:
> > Louis Desjardins wrote:
> >>> Isn't this actually the (only) way to go? (and it's fine like it
> >>> is) I wonder just how would anyone let the app know just what
> >>> *is* a first paragraph without tagging it in some way. Applying
> >>> a stylesheet takes a few secs. I know no other apps that would
> >>> apply a drop cap (or btw any other settings) *only to first*
> >>> paragraph... And if there are, this feature must have some
> >>> drawbacks: you have to decide at one point when does that
> >>> behavior starts, when it ends... Unless the software
> >>> *understands* what's on your mind. Complicated. No? :)
> >
> > I'm not saying I cannot live without this feature.  Only that the
> > ability to make drop caps apply only to the first paragraph would be
> > nice.  The ability to have one paragraph style (rather than two) for all
> > paragraphs in a document is more significant than a few seconds if you
> > have a large document.
> Perhaps not as much work as you think, though. First apply the non-Drop
> Caps style to everything, then apply the Drop-Caps style to whichever
> "first" paragraphs you like. Whenever you apply a style to text already
> in place it only applies to the paragraph you select -- ends with the
> next carriage return.

There's already a feature request for this one 
(http://bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=204). But what do you think 
about "Following style" feature that's available in OO.o and some dtp apps 
too. We could set in BodyDropCap that it'll be always followed by BodyDefault 
then have a way to apply styles for a whole text frame based on 
their "Following style" attribute. Now if BodyDefault had BodyDefault in 
the "Following style" when the BodyDropCap was applied to a text frame the 
first paragraph would have BodyDropCap and all the following styles would 
have BodyDefault applied to them.

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