[scribus] automatically size text frame, font metrics Font::TTFMetrics
andrew at systemssingular.com
Mon Nov 9 20:11:41 CET 2009
Perhaps the intent of my message was obscure. I will reexplain
Malay Basu, wrote a program that he named Font::TTFMetrics, yes the
language is perl. The code is posted and documented at
Though Malay may or may not have concern for the project scribus, I
copied his address to a previous message. My intent was to connect Malay
and his code to the project scribus for development of a scribus feature
that is highly demanded.
Malays program reads units in true type font (ttf) files. An example use
is to measure character or string widths.
An application of this use is to automate design of a newspaper, that
requires metrics to size text frames for a limited size page layout.
Currently I found no function in scribus to automatically size text
frames, am I wrong?
Malays program is simple to use and documented, it is one file at ~1800
lines of code, approximately half lines are comments, basic dependencies.
Although Malays program is in perl, and I had never wrote perl, I easily
wrote perl with Malays program to correctly measure character and string
widths for use in scribus. Some calibration to scribus was necessary.
I recommend Malays program for developers to implement font metrics in
scribus, that could add some demanded functionality.
Problems with Malays code is that it works with some true type fonts
only, though it should work for all true type fonts. I reported this
problem to Malay who replied he will 'look into it and get back' to me.
I tested two fonts,
DejaVuSerif.ttf - error
georgia.ttf - correct
If anyone wants to use the code that I wrote to semi-automate design
with scribus send a message. The code is language perl and with module
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