[scribus] Text overflow in Text Frames

Marco Boeringa marco at boeringa.demon.nl
Wed Jul 15 16:33:08 CEST 2009

Hi Greg,

I have never suggested functionality to ignore descenders, nor to ignore 
Text Overflow errors, I am suggesting functionality to have Text 
Overflow errors conform to the Minimum Bounding Box, which should 
include descenders or for that matter anything related to the true text 
rendering size, if used in the last line of the text in the Text Frame.

I agree with you it would be pretty stupid to have a frame looking OK, 
but actually having chopped of half of the entire text contents because 
there was no Text Overflow warning.

Actually, it might be good if the text overflow warnings were displayed 
a bit more obvious in Scribus, like with a big red or bleu crosshair 
over the entire text frame or something, instead of just a small 
crosshair in the lower-right corner. But luckily, PDF export and the 
Preflight Verifier do pick up on the Text Overflow errors and show it 
clearly, so as long as you have activated preflight checks for PDF 
export, you should be OK.


Gregory Pittman wrote:
> Marco Boeringa wrote:
>> Hi Lars and JLuc,
>> Believe me, I have worked in IT for almost 10 years as a programmer, 
>> and in that time period have reported probably a few dozen bugs and 
>> usuability issues to the developer of the software package I needed 
>> to do my own development in, sometimes needing to go through quite a 
>> battle to get my bug reports recognized (which in the end they almost 
>> always did). However, I must admit I am getting slightly tired of 
>> having to report the "all-to-obvious"...
> Just because someone agrees with you doesn't mean that everyone does, 
> and I don't -- obvious to you isn't obvious to me. I think it is far 
> more important not to have a frame that looks Ok at first glance but 
> chops off descenders in the PDF. With a large PDF, it would be easy to 
> miss this, and then be seriously embarrassed when someone points it 
> out after publication.
> Perhaps Text Overflow could just have an option to be disabled 
> completely, but I think this would be a mistake too.
> Greg
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