[scribus] Drop Caps

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 6 02:42:27 CEST 2010

On 04/05/2010 03:48 PM, David Butt wrote:
> Is it possible to create a drop cap using styles on a paragraph and apply a
> different style to the rest on the the paragraph. At the moment the same
> style gets applied to the whole paragraph including drop cap (this happens
> both ways). I'm using version 1.3.5. Let me try and explain what I'm trying
> to do. Trying to create a Q&A page with the letters Q&  A as drop caps in
> red and blue. the style has been set up for this. the main text then is just
> one other style but, when I try to set the drop cap style (after only
> highlighting the drop cap) the other text takes on the drop cap style, and
> when I highlight the other text and apply the text style the it gets applied
> to the drop cap as well even thoght it was no highlighted. I don't want to
> go down the route of creating a separate text-box just for the drop caps not
> if there is an easier way.
The problem comes from the fact that drop caps are a feature of 
paragraph styles but not character styles.
You can apply a paragraph style with the drop cap, then a different 
character style for the rest, but the problem is that the baseline of 
the rest of the first line drops down to the bottom of the drop cap, so 
you get the drop cap sticking up -- might or might not be Ok for your 

In the end I think the separate frame for the drop cap is going to be 
your easiest way to deal with this.


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