[scribus] Spaces

F.Harr at softhome.net F.Harr at softhome.net
Mon Jul 28 16:27:11 CEST 2008

Call 'em quads.  A one-em quad should NOT be typeface dependent, but font 
size dependent.  A quad that's one em wide would be twelve points in a line 
or twelve point text, twenty points wide in a line of twenty-point text etc. 

Gregory Pittman writes: 

> Hedley Finger wrote:
>> Craig: 
>>> F.Harr at softhome.net wrote: 
>>>> Then what do you do?  All I want is an em-space, it's not like I'm
>>>> asking for a fractur Euro-sign.  Could this capacity be added?  You
>>>> could call it a "quad" space and give the user the choice of making it
>>>> as many ems or ens as they wanted. 
>>> It does seem like something that'd be fairly reasonable to emulate based
>>> on the width of the normal space if the font doesn't provide the
>>> enhanced spaces. 
>>> This might be a good item to file in the bug tracker with severity
>>> 'feature' so it doesn't get forgotten. 
>> Or, if a particular font didn't have the full range of typographic 
>> spaces, have a default full-Unicode font shipped with Scribus and 
>> substitute its typographic spaces, e.g. em quad, en quad, thick, mid, 
>> thin, and hair.  Then, if the preferred font is changed and it has typo 
>> spaces, replace the default substitutes with the proper spaces.
> It's a bit more tricky than that, since spaces, like other glyphs, are 
> font-dependent, so they don't have a set size. Perhaps best to create some 
> other kind of space(s), set in Preferences as a percentage of font size. 
> What to call them is unclear, but I don't think they should be named an 
> em-space (for example) if they're not a true em-space. 
> Greg 
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