[scribus] Can Scribus use small caps from open-type fonts?

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Wed Jun 18 21:01:34 CEST 2008

Gerry Snyder wrote:
> I am just starting to learn Scribus, and am very impressed so far. I 
> like the program itself, and now that I have started reading the wiki, 
> think it is pretty well documented.
> The two "funny character" things I am interested in are ligatures and 
> small capital letters. I see where to insert ligatures, and like the 
> fact that it is clear which are available in a given font and which are not.
> Small caps that are in the font, on the other hand, seem to be ignored. 
> Unless, of course, I am missing something.
> Is there a way, other than writing a script to do the translation, to 
> use what is in the open-type font? If not, does anyone know of plans to 
> add that capability? The small-cap glyphs are in a private-use area, but 
> presumably they are located in a consistent manner, at least from a 
> given source.
Someone may correct me, but I think smallcaps works two different ways. 
There is a "global" availability of smallcaps with any font, created by 
Scribus. A few fonts may also have their own built-in smallcaps, which 
is handled just like italics, bold, condensed, etc., in other words, its 
own separate listing in the font list.

So, for example, in Properties palette > Text, you have the top button 
for the font category, then underneath a subcategory button, which is 
where the choice for the built-in smallcaps should be, if it's not a 
completely different font item in the list.
The Scribus-manufactured smallcaps comes from the row of small buttons 
farther down the palette.


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