[scribus] negative line spacing?

John Ghormley KJ4UFG kj4ufg at sera.org
Fri Nov 25 15:59:39 UTC 2011

On Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 9:36 AM, john Culleton <John at wexfordpress.com>wrote:

> 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
In my magazine TOC, I use a single text box formatted to justify right and
left.  Then put in data from the text file with the left column separated
by several space characters from the right column.  Then I merely add space
characters on each line between the two fields of data until the line
automatically wraps.  Take out the last space character and the line is
correctly formatted and the holes caused by justification on each line are

John Ghormley  KJ4UFG
Editor, SERA *Repeater Journal*
Walkertown, NC  USA
editor at sera.org
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