# [scribus] Kerning with combining diacriticals

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Wed Aug 12 16:48:15 CEST 2009

On Wednesday 12 August 2009 03:28:05 am John Jason Jordan wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Aug 2009 13:59:07 -0400
>
> John Culleton <john at wexfordpress.com> dijo:
> > On Sunday 09 August 2009 07:42:01 pm John Jason Jordan wrote:
> > > Using 1.3.5 Rc3 on Jaunty.
> > > If you followed me so far you should see that the circle is
> > > centered under the n, but not under the l or the m.
> > >
> > > As an exercise to see what I am talking about, type "plosive"
> > > and put a voiceless diacritic under the l. Now kern the
> > > diacritic and the l so the diacritic is centered (about -8%
> > > should do it). The diacritic will be centered, but the l will
> > > suddenly be spaced too far from the p. That is because to
> > > select the diacritic you also have to select the l.
> >
> > There is a LaTeX exit in 1.3.5 that allows you to use TeX style
> > commands.  Han The Thanh manages to print his name and the
> > stacked Vietnam diacritical marks with TeX code like this:
> > {H\an Th\^e\llap{\raise 0.5ex\hbox{\'{}}Th\anh}
> >
> > Wierd, yes, but it works after enough research and effort.
> > Whe all else fails  do it in TeX.
>
> This may work if I can figure it out. Unfortunately, I know zero
>
> At this point I just need to get combining diacriticals for
> syllabic (329) and voiceless (325) correctly centered on an l or
> an m. For letters like n or r the spacing of the combining
> diacritical is perfect. Note that I do not need stacking at all.
>
> When you say "there is a LaTeX exit in 1.3.5" I do not know what
> you mean. Or are you referring to the formula generator? And bear
> in mind that I need the character with its diacritical in
> ordinary text. I assume the code you stated above will do this.
> Would I enter the code in Story Editor and then the actual glyphs
> will appear in the canvas?
>
> Is there a place where can I read up on the syntax for TeX that I
> need without having to spend a year studying it?
>
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useful. I have posted a copy here:
http://wexfordpress.com/tex/gentle.pdf

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