[scribus] Kerning redux

William F. Maddock billsey at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 19 18:47:43 CEST 2009

-----Original Message-----
>From: avox <avox at arcor.de>
>Sent: Aug 19, 2009 11:04 AM
>To: scribus at lists.scribus.net
>Subject: Re: [scribus] Kerning redux
>John Jason Jordan-2 wrote:
>> On Wed, 19 Aug 2009 14:30:36 +0200
>> Peter Nermander <peter at nermander.se> dijo:
>>> > 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%.
>>> Why do you select two characters? What you want to kern is the space
>>> between them, so just put the cursor between to two characters. No
>>> need to select them.
>> If I do that it kerns nothing.
>In Scribus manual kerning changes the space in front of the selected chars.
>If no char is selected, it should work as if the char behind the cursor is

Does Auto-kerning work?

If not, does scribus use third party software for text-rendering?

There is a popular text-rendering package that was/is used in PageStream. When the author of PageStream discovered a long-standing bug in the text-rendering package (Type 1 fonts—I think that's the one—would always return as if there was no kerning in the font), he retrieved and made use of his own (older) text-rendering code for Type 1 fonts, and the auto-kerning then worked fine. I'm probably barking up the wrong tree, but it might be worth looking into.

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