[scribus] text frame border

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 20 01:24:24 UTC 2011

On 08/19/2011 03:44 PM, Christen wrote:
> Hello a.l.e.,
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: a.l.e [mailto:ale.comp_06 at xox.ch]
>> Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 12:52 PM
>> To: scribus at lists.scribus.net
>> Subject: Re: [scribus] text frame border
>> hi christen,
>>> When I put a border around a text box, is it possible to tell Scribus
>>> to only put the border on, say, two of the sides rather than all
>>> four? I realize this can be done by making a separate object (a.k.a.
>>> line) for each side that I want bordered. However, this seems rather
>>> time-consuming, and definitely a bit non-intuitive - aside from the
>>> fact that it creates extra objects on the page to clutter things up.
>>> I was just wondering if perhaps this could be implemented in Scribus,
>>> or if there is an easier workaround.
>> however, there is a workaround: create a table of 1x1 cells and set its
>> border as you prefer (you will have to select the cell with an alt-
>> click... i hope your window manager is not capturing the shortcut...)
> This works....kind of. It almost manages to accomplish what I'm trying to
> do. However, it adds another problem. When I create the cell, there is
> initially no border around it. So far, so good. But when I go to the Line
> tab in the PP and add a line on one side, Scribus adds the bordering line,
> but also adds a black hairline on each of the other three edges. Am I doing
> something wrong?
It always takes a while for me to remind myself about how to do this.
For those who haven't tried and get frustrated, you can't just select 
the one-cell table in the usual way, you must select the cell 
individually as you would in a multiple-cell table, using Ctrl+Alt while 

You know that you've done this right (which might be hard to tell with a 
one-cell table) when you look at Line tab in Properties, where you will 
now see a new area labeled Cell Lines, where you can individually check 
for Line at Top, Left, Right, or Bottom.

NOW, the problem I see once you do this, is that there does seem on 
selecting a line color in the Color tab, that not only is there a color 
where you have selected, but also on all the other sides as well, albeit 
a narrow one most likely.

OTOH, in the end this seems to be a display issue in Scribus, since when 
I export to PDF, these unwanted lines are not there. I don't know 
whether there is a bug report for that, but it is a bug.

There is a major new table feature coming as part of Google Summer of 
Code, so it may be that once that becomes part of 1.5.0svn, its features 
might be extended elsewhere (not a promise).


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