[scribus] negative line spacing?

john Culleton John at wexfordpress.com
Fri Nov 25 14:36:07 UTC 2011

On Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:10:36 +1300
David Whitfield <david at davidwhitfield.co.nz> wrote:

> Hi all,
> thanks for the many replies.
> > updated, compiled and tested: it's indeed correct now!
> > one can go down to 1pt line spacing.
> >
> Yes but 1pt spacing doesn't let you position text above the bottom of
> the line above (as in spacing less than zero)  so that solution is
> still out for my purpose.
> Having 2 paragraphs instead of one enabled to use paragraph styles
> > to style first part and second part
> >
> Yes that was what I'm aiming at. My dream scenario is to create the
> menu content in a text file, load that file into a text frame and
> then style it (I use three sets of styles for a menu poster, colour
> A4 and mono A4). The beauty of scribus over a word processor is in
> being able to edit the text once and style it 3 ways.
> But I think applying a character style to the right half of a lot of
> > lines may become quite a lot of work...
> >
> > Yes, I think it might and surely this is not in keeping with best
> > practice
> in using styles for consistency and easy style changes?
> I think using two frames side by side, and possibly the baseline grid,
> > would be a better solution. At least easier to format, but maybe
> > getting the content there will become more complicated instead?
> >
> It seems this will achieve the layout I'm after, especially with a
> baseline grid (I've never really used that feature before). The only
> down side is dealing with separate text frames for items and prices
> means I won't be able to load all from one text file. I guess I'm
> asking quite a lot though. I am curious to know why an option that
> has worked in earlier versions has been removed, perhaps I'm the only
> person who has need to overlap paragraphs in this way?
> Thanks again for the input.
> cheers David

If you set up two frames side by side, link them, and then prepare one text
file with all the items follewed by all the prices then you can get by
with one text file. You just have to adjust the bottom of the
left hand frame after text is inserted to make the overflow come out right.
 The first frame is set ragged right and the second ragged left.
Yo don't have to fuss with tabs. 

Another of my tricks is to import the text and set it ragged
right. Then in the story editor I highlight the price (or page 
number etc.) and choose the ragged left icon.  This has to be 
done line by line.

I don't use tabs, not since typewriter days. 

John Culleton
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