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0016145ScribusStory Editor / Text Framespublic2020-10-08 07:51
ReporterJLuc Assigned To 
Status newResolutionopen 
PlatformLinuxOSUbuntu OS Version18.04
Product Version 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0016145: Text flow around shape does not work if text vertical alignement is not "top"
DescriptionThe contour line is ignored with some shape sizes.

See uploaded screenshot
Steps To Reproduce- Open uploaded document
- See text : first line overwrites top of karateka
- See karakeka Group Shape : its contour line should prevent text to overwrite it
Additional Information- with Appimage

- when moving top of contour line shape up or down, overwrite sometimes doesnt happen


has duplicate 0016260 closedjghali text flow around objects is miscalculated with vertical alignment 'middle' or 'bottom'. 



2020-06-25 07:28


bug contour.sla (115,280 bytes)


2020-06-25 07:29



2020-06-25 17:36

administrator   ~0047728

Last edited: 2020-06-25 17:50

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This is caused by use of bottom vertical alignment on text frame. Currently text flow around frame can only work if vertical alignment is set to top. No idea if there is a way to fix that as it seems like a chicken and egg problem.


2020-06-25 17:42

administrator   ~0047729

Out of curiosity I tested how InDesign behaves in this case. It appears it simply ignores text frame vertical alignment.


2020-10-07 14:50

developer   ~0048130

In case it'd be worth it, this chicken and egg issue could probably be overcomed with an iterated "try and change" process.


2020-10-07 16:38

administrator   ~0048132

Nope, this chicken and egg problem has in fact no guaranteed solution, so an iterated try and repeat could create an infinite loop and is hence not an acceptable solution. Vertical alignment and text flow around have to be considered as somewhat incompatible features. Tbh I am considering closing this issue as not fixable.


2020-10-08 07:51

manager   ~0048139

i tried to dig into this and i have mixed feelings.

on the one side, the more i think about it and the more i tend to believe that in most cases with middle or bottom alignment, a manual change of the shape would be a good enough workaround.

on the other side, if the layout is applied for "irregular" shapes, why can't it work at least in the same way when the text is flowing around another shape?

imo, scribus should be able to have a best effort solution.
in many case it would just work correctly, and in other cases it would fail and leave a bad result and -- if possible -- show a warning if it failed. (something similar to the overflow mark, or a warning in the verifier)

in a simple irregular shape i've created, the top and middle alignment work as i would expect. the bottom one does not and it does not seem to be an issue of chicken and egg.
the current situation is not that bad, but it might be possible to improve it...

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2020-06-25 07:26 JLuc New Issue
2020-06-25 07:26 JLuc Tag Attached: contour
2020-06-25 07:26 JLuc File Added: bug contour.sla
2020-06-25 07:27 JLuc Steps to Reproduce Updated View Revisions
2020-06-25 07:27 JLuc Additional Information Updated View Revisions
2020-06-25 07:27 JLuc File Deleted: bug contour.sla
2020-06-25 07:28 JLuc File Added: bug contour.sla
2020-06-25 07:29 JLuc File Added: Capture d’écran de 2020-06-25 09-22-47.png
2020-06-25 07:30 JLuc Description Updated View Revisions
2020-06-25 17:36 jghali Note Added: 0047728
2020-06-25 17:42 jghali Note Added: 0047729
2020-06-25 17:50 jghali Note Edited: 0047728 View Revisions
2020-06-26 16:19 jghali Summary Contour line is overwriten => Text flow around shape does not work if text vertical alignement is not "top"
2020-10-07 09:51 jghali Relationship added has duplicate 0016260
2020-10-07 14:50 JLuc Note Added: 0048130
2020-10-07 16:38 jghali Note Added: 0048132
2020-10-08 07:51 ale Note Added: 0048139