[scribus] Poor hyphenation in french language

Craig Bradney cbradney at scribus.info
Wed Jul 4 13:08:08 UTC 2012

On 04/07/2012, at 14:44, Christian Schilmöller <Christian.Schilmoeller at gmx.de> wrote:

> Hello list!
> I'am typesetting a book in french with scribus.
> Unfortunately, the automated hyphenation causes a lot of work
> and leads to a lot of complains from the original author.
> In the hyphenation menu in the document settings, the
> language is set correctly set to french. 
> However, the hyphenation algorithm does not meet the
> special requirements of the french:
> Some examples:
> Some short words like avant, comme, guerre, cannot by hyphenated
> at all. Words like nation, situation, libération (ending -tion)
> are hyphenated before the last two characters (-ti-on), which is
> wrong. Many verbs in the third person plural end like -ient, -aient
> etc but a hyphen is wrongly placed into that last syllable.
> I've finished the book by inserting many soft-hyphens with ctrl-
> shift-"-" and also filling the exceptions list. But this solution
> is very fragile. If any small change should be made in the text
> or the layout, many hyphens and line endings have to be checked
> again.
> Is there any way of creating a "test setup" which demonstrates
> my problem more clearly?
> I'm used to text processors which work more reliably (e. g.
> OpenOffice or Tex/LaTex) concerning hyphenation.
> I looked into the files belonging to scribus, but I cannot
> figure out that something is missing there.
> There is a file named "hyph_fr.dic" which seems to be 
> responsible for hyphenation. The file is readable and has
> a content which seems reasonable.
> Is it possible that this file is not used as it should be?
> Is this really a problem of scribus or am I doing something
> basically wrong?
> Thanks for any help in advance!
> Christian
> P.S. The problem appears in these 3 setups:
> Scribus 1.4.0 with Windows XP
> Scribus 1.4.1 with Windows 7
> Scribus 1.4.1 with Debian Linux
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Is the document using styles? Have you checked the language of the styles if so?


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