[scribus] Problem with alternate stylistics

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Tue May 21 21:10:27 UTC 2013

On 05/21/2013 04:57 PM, Gabriel Grosso wrote:
> On 05/20/2013 10:03 PM, Gregory Pittman wrote:
>> On 05/20/2013 03:16 PM, Gabriel Grosso wrote:
>>> Hi guys,
>>> It seems that I can't get to render these «alternate» glyphs, like
>>> old style figures and some others. I don't know if it's the problem
>>> with some glyphs or the Scribus SVN version. I provide a link to show
>>> what i want to achieve.
>>> http://tinypic.com/r/9bd83s/5
>>> http://tinypic.com/r/99narn/5
>>> http://tinypic.com/r/9ps5dw/5
>>> Anyone know how to "activate" them? I can see they properly in
>>> FontMatrix. I'm on ArchLinux 64.
>> If you can't see a glyph in the Enhanced Character Palette, you will
>> not be able to use it in Scribus. The glyphs are font-dependent. If a
>> font doesn't have a glyph, you see a black rectangle in the Palette.
>> Scribus does its own error-checking and will reject, so whether
>> something shows up in another app of some sort doesn't matter.
>> This is an important issue when you want to use uncommon characters:
>> pick your font wisely.
>> Greg
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>  Hi Greg,
> So it appears that i can't use this
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Text_figures
> Well, there's any workaround or solution? I mean, this happens with the
> most of my fonts, and i think that the sets are complete but Scribus
> don't know how to "interprete" or render it. I can't understand why that
> alternates aren't mapped. For example, what happens if i buy this font
> from here MyFonts <http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/din-next/> and
> when i try to use it with THAT feature set with my professional DTP and
> open source graphic tool doesn't support it? I think, IMHO, that it
> isn't and advanced feature. Again, i guess i'll try downgrading from 1.5
> to see if this happens too.

Fonts that literally have old-style numerals as separate glyphs are
quite uncommon in my experience, but this is what you need. I would add
that Scribus can be picky about fonts, so choosing quality fonts is


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