[scribus] white borders around inserts.

John Culleton John at wexfordpress.com
Mon Nov 9 21:12:22 UTC 2015

On Sun, 8 Nov 2015 09:44:09 -0500
Gregory Pittman <gpittman at iglou.com> wrote:

> On 11/08/2015 09:09 AM, John Culleton wrote:
> > When you create an insert in a page of text it
> > takes extra steps to create a border of white
> > space around the insert. A graphic frame is
> > the easiest. Put the graphic on a layer above
> > the text. On the same layer as the insert
> > draw a graphic frame over the insert, slightly
> > larger than the insert. under the properties
> > of this frame select a Color>Fill of white.
> > Under the Shape property select something
> > other than "Disabled" Then using Item>Level
> > lower this extra frame one level (not layer
> > but level.)
> > 
> > If the insert is text in nature and has a
> > grey background things get more complicated.
> > You need two spacings, one around the
> > inserted text and one around the gray
> > background This takes three items, the text
> > item, a slightly larger item colored grey and
> > then the white item.
> > 
> > If there is a simpler method I hope someone
> > can suggest it.
> > 
> You're using what I would call the backup plan,
> adding more frames. You can use Text Distances
> to create a space around text inside a frame.
> For space around a frame of whatever kind, Text
> Flows Around Frame does this, using the contour
> line which you edit from the Shape tab.
> I'm not sure about editing a contour line, but
> setting Text Flows is scriptable. I have also
> scripted settings for Text Distances, where you
> might use set values or editable defaults. I've
> also scripted your method, of adding a frame on
> top and then setting Text Flows.
> The biggest aggravation with Text Distances is
> how crammed together things are in Properties.
> Greg
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Is there a function called "Text Distances?"
If so, where? 

A copy of your script would be welcome, since
this is a recurring problem. 

John Culleton
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