[Scribus] Usability needs attention -- time for a feature

avox avox
Mon Feb 4 14:56:00 CET 2008

jluc-2 wrote:
> Peter Nermander a ?crit :
>> But, if I understand right, with unicode fonts things don't really work
>> like 
>> that.
> What is the general frame of thought for character coding in scribus ?
> Some fonts are coded with one byte and some others on 2 bytes ?

Most fonts support more than one encoding. Unicode has the advantage that
*all* known encodings can be mapped to Unicode. If there are non-standard
glyphs in a font, they can still be mapped to the Private Use Area in

Internally Scribus stores Unicode only. So if a font fails to provide a
mapping for its glyphs, it's lost to Scribus.

> How to know ?
> Is there not a user-friendly way to unify this as a UI ?
> PS : I am no MS nor Ooo user.
>> You should probably use the "Insert symbol" function (I'm not sure if
>> that 
>> is the correct name, I don't have Scribus in frotn of me).
> OK.
> First inserting the symbol, than copying it, then pasting it in the
> replace area
> (it displays as a big point) thant selecting the good font for replacement
> (it keeps displaying as a big point) and i am able to replace it.
> There might be a way to replace with such special char using its 2 bytes
> code
> (but it is not very user friendly these 2 bytes codes = 4 coded character
> codes)
> Using special symbols (like phone, enumerations or email signs)
> is not easy (the insert dialog requires many actions before effect)
> that is why i use >tel: or >em: text conventions instead of them
> and then replace them for the whole doc.

That's probably the best workaround for now.

> If there was a "usefull & easy to access few character user-library"
> (as there is some kind for the container objects)
> that would easen the process.
> This is about usability.

Currently Scribus only supports the special characters from the Insert menu
in that way. Feel free to submit a bug report requesting that feature.

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