[scribus] some user interface issues

JLuc jluc at no-log.org
Tue Apr 24 07:42:19 UTC 2012

Le 23/04/2012 22:50, Manuel a écrit :
> Dear Scribus developers and users,
> Some days ago, I started my first "serious" book layouting project in
> Scribus. Being a passionate bug reporter, I took note of every user
> interface issue that I came across. So here is that list.
> My work environment is OSX 10.6.8, with Scribus 1.4.0 (stable version
> of January 12 2012).


I feel your feedbacks are quite wise and since you are a passionate bug reporter,
you would probably want to register to scribus bug tracker http://bugs.scribus.net
and leave your bug reports there.

Please use the "search bug" page first so as to check allready reported bugs :
The search form is quite powerfull.
When you find an allready reported bug, you dont have to report it,
or you can add some complimentory note, or you can follow the bug
so as to be informed when something new happens about it.


Some of the issues are
> ***
> 1) Selection of paragraphs and wrong style information
> Generally, when selecting a piece of content of a given paragraph, the
> Properties window shows the Text Styles (font, size) that apply to
> this paragraph. This works fine when:
> - The cursor is placed at some point *inside* the paragraph.
> - The whole paragraph is selected with Cmd-double-click.
> But the behavior is different for the following cases:
> - When the cursor is placed at the end of the paragraph.
> - When a selection is drawn from bottom-right to top-left (with the
> mouse / trackpad, or using the arrow keys) in such a way that the
> cursor is positioned at the beginning of the paragraph.
> In this case, some properties (font, size) show the default document
> style, while others (linespacing) show the actual style of the
> paragraph.
> ***
> 2) Details that make it hard to draw selections with the mouse / trackpad:
> a) Clicking on an empty line: does *not* place the cursor on that
> line, but rather places it on the next line that does contain text.
> The only way to get the cursor on an empty line is to use the arrow
> keys.
> b) Extending a selection by moving the mouse outside the current text
> box (with shift key): as soon as the mouse leaves the text frame,
> movements are not taken into account. For instance, extending a
> selection to the left border of the frame requires extreme precision,
> since as soon as the mouse leaves the frame, it has no influence
> anymore.
> ***
> 3) Typing after inserting a string
> Copy-paste some text string into a paragraph, then immediately start typing.
> Expected behavior: the typing should start *after* the insertion point.
> Actual behavior: typing *deletes* the inserted string. It is needed to
> undo the selection first (for instance, moving one step to the right
> with the Right-Arrow key, or clicking somewhere).
> Note 1: this issue occurs when copy-pasting from another application.
> It does not occur when copy-pasting from inside Scribus.
> Note 2: most word processors will add a blank space at each end of the
> copy-pasted string. I think that's a helpful feature, considering that
> the main usage is for litterary type of text (it's different for text
> editors targetted at writing code).
> ***
> 4) Closing a document requires mouse usage.
> A typical sequence of keystrokes when closing a document: Cmd-S for
> saving the project, then Cmd-W for closing.
> The issue: when the cursor is placed inside a text frame, simply
> pressing the Cmd key seems to produce an invisible modificiation in
> the document (the title bar gets a * appended, indicating a not-saved
> state).
> This means that every use of Cmd-W for closing a project triggers a
> modal window that asks for "Dont' Save/Cancel/Save" (the highlighted
> option being "Cancel"). The use of the mouse/trackpad is therefore
> necessary to "Save".
> If the highlighted option was "Save", (the default behavior in OSX
> applications), the user could hit the return key, not requiring the
> usage of mouse/trackpad.
> ***
> Please let me know if I should file any of those issues at
> bugs.scribus.net. I searched already for duplicates with no success.
> I'm sure those must be known issues, so I prefer to post them here
> before cluttering the database. I didn't try the 1.5 SVN version, so
> some things may be fixed already (does anybody provide OSX builds of
> 1.5?)
> Best,
> Manuel // greyscale press
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