[scribus] Scribus does the Wrong Thing
joe at zeff.us
Tue Dec 18 22:16:41 UTC 2012
As I've mentioned before, I use Scribus to publish my contributions to
an APA. (Amateur Publishing Association) I do my composition in Libre
Office then import the text to Scribus, apply styles and do whatever
other formatting seems needed. In general, this works well.
In the disty that came out on Dec 6, one of the other contributors
franked a comic strip called "Dry Bones" that had one of the characters
talking about Channukah. The word was spelled differently in each panel
and the point was that although Jews all celebrate it, we can't agree on
how to spell it. In the next week's disty, I commented to him that the
correct spelling was חנוכה
This worked Just Fine in Libre Office, and I hope that all of you are
seeing it the way I do. (The word should be in Hebrew script.) It
imported OK into Scribus until I applied the styles. Alas, in Print
Preview, it didn't show up because the font I was using didn't have the
glyphs. Even after finding the right font (Tahoma) it didn't show up
right because Scribus reversed the order of the characters.
Just in case some of you don't know, Hebrew is written right to left.
When I copied the characters into Libre Office, they were in the right
order and stayed that way. Scribus, however, assumed that I'd entered
them one at a time and reversed them. The only way I could force
Scribus to display them the way they needed to be was to use the
Character Generator to set up the string in reverse order and paste that
in. Then, Scribus reversed them into what I needed.
Now, I can understand doing that if (and ONLY if) I were entering the
string into the Story Editor. Imagine, however, if I were to compose a
long passage in Hebrew and import it. There should be some way to tell
Scribus not to reverse such text as it's imported or, at the very least,
it should ask before making the change. If it helps, I'm using Fedora
16 Linux with whatever version Fedora supplies, although I'm fairly sure
it's the current stable version. Before reporting this officially, I'd
like to see what other users think: is this a bug, a mis-feature or
simply something that I could have prevented with a setting I'm unaware of?
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