[Scribus] How to place text in a box
Tue Mar 25 00:18:17 CET 2008
Chris Bergstresser wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 7:56 AM, John Beardmore <John at t4sltd.co.uk> wrote:
>> > You know, I'm going to say any typographic convention in common
>> > usage in Victorian times counts as a "basic typesetting function".
>> It may have been common, (quantify ?), but that doesn't mean that it's a
>> 'primitive', or 'basic to', modern type setting practice or algorithms.
> Sadly, the British Library's archive isn't publicly accessible,
> which would be the best resource for this sort of thing. But I'm
> browsing through the online Brooklyn Daily Eagle for December 1, 1902,
> and in 20 pages I've found maybe a dozen examples of what I'm talking
> about -- text set apart in boxes (decorative and otherwise) that needs
> to flow with the text both before and after it. And that's not
> counting the dozens of tables, which suffer from the same problem.
> Note that I'm *not* referring to the title inset in the upper
> border; that's also something I'd like but without the ability to have
> boxes that flow it's kind of moot.
>> More to the point, if I pulled a hundred books off my shelves, I dount
>> more than 1% would use text in a box in quite the way you describe.
> I'll certainly agree it's not as common in typesetting books
> (although more common in modern books than before).
Maybe, but the question I guess is 'how much decoration do you want ?'.
>> ... the feature you are requesting could be implemented in
>> vast number of styles, or alternatively have highly configurable style.
>> That either means that a less general purpose, but more specific to your
>> needs, tool is produced...
>> ...or that the type of feature you want is added in a highly
>> configurable way, in which case it needs a lot of user interface, and
>> becomes a voluminous task, even if not algorithmically challenging.
> I don't disagree, if you wanted to do it *right* you'd have to
> allow things like decorative spacers, individually configurable sides
> (show borders on all but the right side), specify if borders should
> appear between paragraphs as well, set the inset margin for each
> border separately, specify if you want text to appear over the borders
> and the style of that text if you do, etc, etc, etc ... Word has a
> serviceable interface for about half of this, and Illustrator has a
> serviceable interface for roughly the other half.
Is OO any help ? It certainly seems to support anchoring a frame to a
page and flowing text around it.
I find OO an uphill struggle for large complex documents though. I'm
co-authoring "Solar Water Heating and Dairy Farming ? Potential in the
Peak District National Park, Review of technology & issues" and am
getting very pissed with OO Writer. If only we'd know about Scribus
when we started this one ! The next work in progress on liquid biofuels
has already begun in Scribus.
> But really, just allowing you to draw a line border around a given
> paragraph style, and specify the line weight, is most of what you
> need. I also kind of need the inset font on the top border, and
> that'd be a nice feature as well, but I'll concede it's an
> idiosyncratic need.
Yes - and I suspect that the level of decoration you want is perhaps a
bit of a niche too.
>> I guess you could submit a feature request, but as you think it "doesn't
>> seem like a specially difficult", and the source is open, why not have a
>> go ?
> slew of statistical languages. Also Pascal and Visual Basic, if those
> count. But I *don't* program C++. I literally wouldn't know where to
OK - I'll concede that the learning curve may be a bit steep if your
time is short. The guys who are writing Scribus sure are doing us a
huge favour !
John Beardmore, MSc EDM (Open), B.A. Chem (Oxon), CMIOSH, AIEMA, MEI
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