[Scribus] Manual - first baby step

Louis Desjardins louis.desjardins
Tue Oct 23 20:34:01 CEST 2007

2007/10/23, avox <avox at arcor.de>:
> Ok, now I was able to download it. :-)
> Gregory Pittman wrote:
> >
> >
> > There were many arbitrary decisions -- paper size, for one. I started
> > out with US Letter, then switched to A4 because I needed a little more
> > space. The fonts are Linux Libertine, so ended up being outlined in the
> > PDF. I thought about making two columns, wasn't sure I liked the idea,
> > so went with one. The PDF is 1.4 -- my default setting.
> >
> I also support some layout which fits on A4 / Letter.
> In your sample the lines are too long -- they should have 10-12 words max.

I agree the lines are too long. That was the first thing that came to mind
when I saw the page.

I have not much to add on top of Andreas' comments. One thing tho is the
fact that the PDF is not searchable and this, I am afraid, will take away
much of the interest for such a piece of work (for some people at least). I
understand this is meant to be printed to address a specific need but some
others who have not shown up yet will ask for this searchability and will
complain... !!! :)

I also think with Peter Nermander on what version we have to concentrate
since Scribus is a fast moving target.

By the responses on the list, I understand Greg's initiative is actually
addressing a real need. No doubt for me that in the long run it's going to
be an interesting plus to Scribus. In the short and mid term I'm a bit
afraid that this will take up quite a bit of vital energy.

I still vote for the wiki, written and video! :)

I think it's going to be easier to update and also to translate.

I hope not to sound too discouraging. This is not my intention!!!



In order to make it aesthetically pleasing and more readable I propose to
> use
> only the inner 60% (or 61.8%) of the page for one text column and have a
> wide margin space at the outer edge. This margin space can be used for
> keywords, subtitles, etc.  Screenshots would also extend into the margin
> space.
> If your titles have a larger fontsize than the body text, do not check
> "adjust
> to baseline" but set appropiate space before / space after values instead.
> (Eg. bodytext lineheight 12pt, title fontsize 14pt, title lineheight 14pt,
> then
> calculate spaces such that a one-line title occupies the same space as 3
> lines of
> bodytext: 3*12 = 36 = 14 + 14 + 8, so space before = 14pt, space after =
> 8pt)
> Or, if you want to adjust your titles to baseline, set both space before
> and
> space
> after to 12 pt. That way there will be 2 empty line before and 1 empty
> line
> after
> these titles (and a 24pt linespacing if you have more than one line for
> the
> title).
> Cheers,
> /Andreas
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