Great idea for typesetting feature

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Great idea for typesetting feature

Post by JohnWasilewski »

Sometimes, when I want a document to look very smart, I spend a lot of time with multi-line titles, headings, captions, headers, footers, any text boxes, sometimes with last lines of paragraphs. and so on, fiddling with character pitch, letter spacing, 'leading,' and so on, to try to give blocks of text straight vertical sides. Sometimes, I might even increase or reduce the font size by half a point, or change to a narrower or wider version of the same font, where those exist.
Here's an example:
Typesetting example.docx
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It would be great if a feature was available that could do this for us. A good name for it would be 'Typesetting', or 'Leading,' but SoftMaker may have a better one.

I'd like to be able to select a string of text, then click an icon or pull down a menu item to display a small tool, with a width-adjusting function that can stretch or compact the selected string according to user input. I can envisage doing this with the mouse wheel, with arrow keys or with a slider, but, again, the SoftMaker team would have a better idea. What I would find rather brilliant would be if a Ctrl-Keyhold-mousewheel action could do it instantly, just as Ctrl-mousewheel already zooms a document

'Settings' or else the tool itself, might need (1) a sensitivity adjuster, to facilitate fine adjustment when using the mouse wheel or a slider tool, and (2) a tick-box for whether to allow font size changes, with upper and lower bound settings for letter spacing and character pitch, which, when reached, would trigger a .05pt font-size increment.

I do hope people like this idea.
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