[scribus] Text overflow in Text Frames

Marco Boeringa marco at boeringa.demon.nl
Tue Jul 14 08:57:14 CEST 2009

OK, thanks Peter and Michael.

It does seem Scribus could use some serious improvement in this area. 
Having a text frame respecting the Minimum Bounding Box around a text 
would be really helpful, especially for large typefaces. The current 
implementation makes using the Align and Distribute tools in some cases 
virtually impossible. A real loss, as these tools are a vital ingredient 
of DTP or any layouting work in any program for that matter.


Peter Nermander wrote:
>> I noticed for example that if I have a text of 20pt height and 50pt
>> wide, the Text Frame needs to be maybe 35pt high and 80pt wide in order
>> for Scribus to display the text therein. If I make it smaller, Scribus
>> generates a Text Overflow error and no longer displays the text.
>> Why is this? I would expect Scribus to honour the MBB as the minimum
> If I recall correct, Scribus does take into account allt the ascenders
> and descenders in the font. So if you have your text in capitals only,
> it still wants to have space for the lower case descenders.
> Although I do agree that not showing the text is a bit frustrating, I
> think it would be better if Scribus just cropped the text at the edge
> of the text frame (but it might be to hard to do with the current
> rendering engine). That way the user can decide for themselves whether
> the overflow is a showstopper or not.
> /Peter
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