[scribus] Kerning redux
johnjeff at editide.us
Wed Aug 19 18:45:53 CEST 2009
For what it's worth, this ie exactly the opposite of how Adobe
Illustrator CS works. When I select a single character and and apply
negative kerning to it, the character to the right of the selected
character shifts to the right. When I select two characters and apply
the same kerning, the two characters come closest together, and the
spacing between the rightmost selected character and the first
unselected character to the right of the selection also gets smaller.
I've been using Illustrator for about 20 years now and I believe
that earlier versions behaved exactly the way Scribus behaves, moving
the selected character(s) to the left for negative kerning. Unlike in
Scribus 220.127.116.11 on Mac OS X, in Illustrator, placing the blinking
cursor between the two characters to be kerned and applying kerning
has no effect on the spacing of the two characters.
Perhaps this is the partial solution to your problem. Maybe you
just need to select only the diacritical without selecting the
character it is to be placed on top of. I don't know anything about
the combining diacriticals, but I just tried this with two random
characters and it seems to work reasonably well. Of course, you may
also need to adjust the kerning of the character _after_ the
combining diacritical to keep it properly spaced with the main
character of the diacritical pair.
John Jason Jordan wrote:
>Some time I asked here about kerning combining diacriticals. It now
>occurs to me that there is something wrong with the way Scribus 1.3.5
>Rc3 on Jaunty x86_64 does manual kerning.
>Try this experiment:
>Open a new document and create a text frame. Open the Story Editor and
>type a word of half a dozen characters or more. Select two of the
>characters in the middle of the word. Apply kerning, say -10%.
>When I do this the two selected letters are kerned closer together, but
>the leftmost letter is also kerned leftward into the preceding
>Is this by design? I ask because I can't think of any other program
>which kerns non-selected text. Moreover, if this is by design, then
>Scribus has no way to kern just two characters; you have to kern at
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