[scribus] Fwd: Improve typographic rule support

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 26 16:17:44 UTC 2011

On 10/26/2011 10:13 AM, john Culleton wrote:
> Observations:
> The TeX short line sample requires one less hyphen (5) than the Scribus
> short line sample (6), and fitted two more words onto the page. The OO
> short line sample required 7 hyphens. The Masterson InDesign short line
> sample required 5 hyphens. The other InDesign sample required 7
> hyphens. Some designers are better than others :<)

My observations are that there is no inherently greater typographic 
beauty when comparing TeX with the true DTP programs, including Scribus.

We see what we might expect from the wordprocessors, where an excess of 
hyphenation occurs. Whether this is due to weaker kerning or something 
else, I do not know.

One can also see the trouble one gets into with narrow column full 
justification with all of the methods. Unless one wants to do a lot of 
manual tweaking or put up with ugliness, this combination should be avoided.

In summary, I think the argument that the TeX method represents some 
magical or ideal way to do this is not supported by the evidence. 
Furthermore, any attempt to show a better or more pleasing result should 
be done without any labels, so that one could focus on the desired 
appearance rather than be swayed by the source.

At least in my view the superiority of paragraph-wide before line 
algorithms has not been demonstrated.


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