[scribus] Where is the text frame word wrap code?

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Mon May 31 16:04:37 CEST 2010

On Monday 31 May 2010 00:43:43 Drew Vogel wrote:
> I am working on an application that will generate a scribus 
document from a
> database of survey questions. The output of each question will 
look a bit
> like this image: http://imgur.com/ha2ag.png
> The question text is inside the text frame itself. The response 
options are
> in text frames of their own. In order to determine the appropriate 
> position for the first response option, I need to determine where 
> will wrap the text inside the text frame (the width of the text 
frame is
> pre-determined). I first thought that I could use
> QFontMetrics::boundingRect() to determine where the text would 
need to be
> wrapped. However that seems dependent on the DPI of the 
QPaintDevice that
> the text is drawn on and, in my testing, scribus wraps text 
independent of
> the monitor DPI.
> Thus it seems that I need to emulate the word wrap logic in 
scribus itself
> but I'm having trouble locating that part of the scribus code. It 
> logical to me that the word wrap code would either be in or 
called from
> PageItem_TextFrame::DrawObj_Item() but if it's there, it's not 
obvious to
> me. Could someone help me locate the word wrap logic?
> Drew
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There are as they say horses for courses. In my experience (going 
back to 1996) the best way to create formatted text from a data 
base is to run it through a program or script that creates a text file 
with TeX formatting tags added where needed. I did a book listing 
dog breeders this way, and an index of a book listing 6000 
cemetery entries similarly. 

Also in my experience you can do anything in any computer 
software tool with enough time and effort. I have encountered 
General Ledger accounting programs written in FORTRAN. But there 
is a solution that provides maximum benefit with least effort. In 
your situation my only question would  be, which flavor of TeX? A 
Scribus solution will require far more effort on your behalf.
John Culleton
Wexford Press
"Create Book Covers with Scribus"
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