[scribus] Searchable old style numbers in PDFs

Louis Desjardins louis.desjardins at gmail.com
Mon Jul 25 14:04:04 UTC 2011

2011/7/25 Meho R. <mehor at gmx.com>

> On 25.07.2011 15:05, a.l.e wrote:
>> hi peter,
>>  You see my point:) This is exactly what I want to achieve. To have the
>>> outlines, the glyphs of the small numbers but have the real,
>>> meaningful numbers as text embedded into the PDF. I wouldn't mind
>>> having some extra work (in Scribus) to insert the glyphs and
>>> underlying text manually, somehow. What I'd like to have is the final
>>> effect: opening the PDF in a pdf reader, searching for meaningful
>>> numbers and having the small numbers highlighted as result.
>> well, the best way is probably to modify the font in fontforge, replace
>> the plain number by the "old" ones and embed the font into your document...
AFAIK Scribus cannot embed OTF fonts and is converting them to outline.
Correct me if I'm wrong but on top of replacing the glyphs themselves, this
workaround would mean to also consider changing the format of the font.

The overall issue is a limitation of Scribus’ capability of handling OTF

We have an open bug for this.


A developer from the team should be able to give more details about this and
where we're up to at the time being.

>> ... if the licence for your font allows you to do so (or if you don't
>> really care about it...)
>> ciao
>> a.l.e
> It is one solution, yes, but that will probably mess up kerning. I noticed
> that some designers set OldStyle numbers as default (e.g., exljbris or
> Type-Together), so that they're searchable in PDF output.

I am not aware we can set this settings in Scribus. Am I missing something?


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