[scribus] Why scribus lacks letter-spacing? was: how does scribus do justification?
avox at arcor.de
Thu Jan 28 18:56:05 CET 2010
Tornóci László-2 wrote:
> In Scribus 1.3.5 you can set (Properties, Text, Advanced settings): Word
> Tracking (that's word-spaces) minimal and normal value (I guess this is
> the mean
Not exactly. Normal is the value that is used if no justification is
minimum is % of normal and maximum is unlimited (that's implicit in
justification algorithms). Allowing stretching AND shrinking of spaces gives
2 break possibilities for each line instead of just one as with th esimple
As you can verify with Scribus the result is quite drastic.
> ), and you can set Glyph extension (that's character width) min
> and max value. There is no way to set letter-spaces. So we have #1 and
> #3 but no #2.
> It is well known, that misusing letter-spacing is ugly. Setting it to
> more than +/- 3-5% from 100% can lead to a change of "color" of the text
> (the average grey impression of the text when not directly focusing on
> it). But you can also misuse #1 and #3 as well! There is a wide belief
> that letter-spacing is from the evil (based in part on the above
> misquoted opinion of Goudy). I rather believe my eyes. There are lots of
> examples in the book "J Felici: The Complete Manual of Typography" of
> the same block of text set with different combination of H&J methods #1,
> #2 and #3. It is clear, that a combination of these methods gives the
> best results if used properly. I simply don't believe anyone can spot 3%
So you would be content if letter spacing was limited to +/- 5% ?
But what is the base value? Normal letter spacing is 0pt, so we can't
base it on that (well, in fact we already do ;-) )
You mean +/- 5% of the character width? Or +/- 5% of a given character, e.g.
Give me a definition and I might be inclined to implement that.
> So my humble request for the developers: PLEASE, AT LEAST CONSIDER
> including the ability to change letter-spacing. You don't get as much
> flexibility with it as with #1 and #3, but it is useful. I think Scribus
> should be the best layout program, and this is a useful feature.
> I understand the implications: the H&J algorithm becomes more
> complicated, possibly slower, but I still think it should be implemented.
No, that would be a small, well contained change. I dont think it would make
a difference in spsed, either.
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