[scribus] Font / Style Signifiers in Story editor

Jessica Evans jessica at lunula.com
Thu May 28 19:30:07 CEST 2009

Scribus on Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600

Hi all,

I suppose this is just feedback/venting of a sort, though there is some 
inconsistent behavior by Scribus that may be fairly described as a bug.

Like many others I am eagerly awaiting the ability to set character 
styles.  I also am hoping against hope that the powers that be will 
someday come to see that it really does matter to the end user that we 
have no visual marker in the story editor to signify that formatting has 
been changed for an individual character. 

For example, if I have 20 band names in a text box (embedded within a 
column of body text) and I need to change each band name to bold and 
decrease by 1 point size. I would really like some kind of visual 
reference in the story editor so that I can see which ones I did and 
didn't get.  The disorientation of working in a field without any 
feedback whatsoever is uncomfortable.

I have been clicking inside the words and looking up at the font display 
field, but found it to be unreliable...sometimes the correct (changed) 
font is displayed, sometimes it still displays the paragraph style font, 
even after the character font has been changed.

Finally, the Story Editor often fails to display the paragraph style 
name at the left for the first one or two paragraphs in the text box. It 
isn't really that important...but again, it is disorienting.  Not having 
that visual feedback makes one wonder if something is wrong, and if one 
really did set the paragraph style properly.

Best wishes, Jessica

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