[scribus] Vertical align of text / aligning text with horizontal lines

Timothy J Massey tmassey at obscorp.com
Wed Sep 30 20:14:05 CEST 2009

scribus-bounces at lists.scribus.net wrote on 09/30/2009 12:38:44 PM:

> hi timothy j,
> > I'm new to Scribus but not new to DTP.  I'm trying to create your
> > standard fill-in paper form.  You know:
> > 
> > Name; __________
> > Address: ________
> > Telephone: ______
> is there any reason why you aren't putting the fields in one single 
> field and -- maybe -- align them to the baseline grid?

No reason.  In fact, after *much* effort, this is the way I've gone.  I 
use the Leading control to define how far apart each line is from each 
other.  But this is *barely* more capable than a word processor...  :(

> one alternative, if you want several fields, is to put guides at the
> same height as your lines and then manually align the baseline of 
> the text to the guide.

It's the "and manually align" part, multiplied by 50 or 75 lines per 

> but, i agree: it would be nice if scribus would snap the baseline of
> each line to the guides, not only the frame borders.
> not trivial to do right, but it may also not be very hard to 
> implement, since the baseline can already snap to the baseline grid!

I'd be happy with snapping the *frame* to the guideline--if the text could 
simply align to the *bottom* of the frame instead of the top.  Simple, 
easy, powerful, effective.

> i guess it's worth a feature request...

Aligning text to bottom (or center) of a frame is *very* much worth a 
feature request--or several dozen, which has already been done...  :(

I was hoping someone would have a better way.  Manually aligning 50 lines 
is *not* a better way.  But thank you for your suggestions.

Tim Massey

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