[scribus] Change bar

Steven Dayton daytonmeister at gmail.com
Mon May 4 23:22:55 CEST 2009

Is it possible to anchor a ruled line or any other object (drawing or bitmap
image) to a paragraph?


On Mon, May 4, 2009 at 2:14 PM, John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net>wrote:

> On Mon, 4 May 2009 15:26:37 -0400
> Jeffrey Silverman <jeffrey.d.silverman at gmail.com> dijo:
> > You can (and should, and probably are required to, to get anything
> > done in Scribus) use Paragraph Styles. I don't know, though, if you
> > can independently style the borders for a single paragraph.
> Yeah, I've been using paragraph styles as my main formatting tool for
> 20 years. It's not only faster, it enforces consistency. Yet at the
> same time paragraph styles do not hamper creativity because you can
> either override them or just create a new one.
> > Nope, I can't find it. At least not quickly. You can create an
> > indented paragraph style, but not style borders around the paragraph.
> >
> > I'll bet Scribus 1.3.5svn lets you do it, though...
> Well, I am using 1.3.5svn, April 19, and I can't find it either.
> One thing I can think of is to create an indented paragraph style,
> then place a line on top of the text frame. By zooming in I can eyeball
> it well enough to get the line positioned properly with respect to the
> paragraph. But this workaround really sucks because the line won't move
> with the text. I know, I know - place the line after I'm through
> editing the text. But that doesn't work for me because "editing the
> text" is never completely finished. Even a year from now I'll discover
> a line that needs to be rewritten. Bear in mind that I do short run
> textbook publishing, so I'm always slipstreaming changes into a book
> every few hundred copies.
> Since it's just one paragraph at a time that I need the change bar on I
> thought of just hitting enter at the end of each line (no text wrap)
> and then putting the pipe character at the beginning of each line. By
> finagling the size and other attributes of the pipe character I could
> simulate a solid line to the left of the paragraph. Pretty
> unprofessional, but at least the "change bar" would move with the
> paragraph.
> On a brighter note, searching all over for how to create a change bar
> has made me find a bunch of other features that I was unaware of. This
> is my first big Scribus project, so I have a lot to learn.
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