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For documentation on hyphenation, read http://documentation.scribus.net/index.php/Hyphenation

Issues on debian

Debian's scribus 1.4.4 users regularly have issues with hyphenation in various langages.

Gabo describes how he sorted this issue (for spanish language) :

Under the preferences is the option to download some dictionaries.

I have to move the downloaded dict to /usr/share/scribus/dicts and /usr/share/hunspell (not sure which one is the correct location)

Also the /usr/share/hunspell was renamed to hyph_es_ES.dic just like the existing hyph_en_US.dic

FMartin (for italian language):

When I installed Scribus I only found Lituanian hyphenation. I needed Italian. I found no "normal way" to do so. The solution was: download the extension for Italian for LibreOffice (Tools -> Extensions Manager,... from LibreOffice), extract from the downloaded file the file hyphen_it_IT.dic, move it to usr/share/hyphen/ . Do a copy of this file at this same directory with the name hyphen_it.dic

After that, of course, choose the Italian language for the document and at the character styles. (Sometimes hyphenation in Italian doesn't work well, as in "no-stro").

Fine tuning of hyphenation

If a line after the last line that features a hyphen has too large word spaces, you can adjust the hyphenation manually with soft hyphens (also called smart hyphens). You can use the menu entry insert > character > smart hyphen or its ctrl + shift + - shortcut. Or you can remove hyphenation locally. Select the text for dehyphenation and run Extras > Dehyphenate.

Also, If you want to squeeze some text, select it and set horizontal scale to 94-98%. This works with most text-sized fonts. A difference between normal and condensed script cant't be seen.

With 1.3.4 you can create manual line breaks, so that if the word starts with a soft hyphen, it does not hyphenate.

Further reading about Hyphenation in combination with Full/Forced Justification.