[scribus] Automatic Line Spacing

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Wed May 6 19:47:35 CEST 2009

John Jason Jordan wrote:
> 1.3.5 Beta, April 19.
> I do mostly linguistics work so my main font is Junicode. Junicode has
> a small x-height, so for body text it looks best at about 12 points. I
> have defined that as paragraph style "Normal" along with Automatic Line
> Spacing. This looks fine to me. All my other paragraph styles are based
> on Normal.
> Looking in File > Preferences I see that Automatic Line Spacing is set
> to 20%. To me that means that the entire line should be 120% of 12
> points, or 14.4 points. 
> Looking at a text frame in my present work that is 686 points high I
> find that it contains 39 lines of text, where all the text is set to
> Normal. This means that each line is actually taking 17.58 points. 
> I must have misunderstood what the 20% means in File > Preferences. If
> I set my styles to Automatic Line Spacing, how can I find out what
> spacing Scribus is actually using? Or have I discovered a bug?
It's a little bit tricky, and you have to understand how to some extent 
this needs to work. While there may be some automatic adjustment of 
linespacing, there also needs to be an ability to override this 
manually. The default setting of "Fixed Linespacing" allows for this 
manual override, which typically occurs when you are in Edit Contents 
mode in the main display, or in Story Editor. Therefore if you change 
font size in either of these two modes, the linespacing may not adjust. 
It will in Select Item mode, but these changes happen for the whole frame.

An alternative setting to Fixed is "Automatic Linespacing", where it 
should always adjust and you will not be able to manually adjust spacing.


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