Fett, kursiv

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Fett, kursiv

Post by dylan » Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:31 am

Hi,

in Mellel 2.6 gab es eine nette Palette, mit deren Hilfe man ein Wort relativ leicht fetten bzw. kursiv setzen konnte. Da gab es (untereinander): "Zeichenformat/Absatzformat/Hauptschrift/Zweite Schrift", etc. Öffnete man "Hauptschrift", dann sah man Schriftart, Schriftschnitt und Größe. Und konnte ein Wort leicht ändern.

in Mellel 3.1. ist diese Palette offenbar nicht mehr verfügbar. Die Palette, die erscheint, ist unterteilt in "Formate" und "Einstellungen" – eine Schaltfläche, auf der man die gerade verwendete Schriftart, etc. unmittelbar sieht, scheint nicht mehr zu existieren. Auf fett oder kursiv kann man auch nichts mehr ändern (andere Textverarbeitungssysteme, sogar die allerprimitivsten, haben oben in der Toolbaar Buttons für kursiv und fett!!!)

Nun kann man allerdings in der neuen Palette" unter "Formate" die dritte Schaltfläche von oben anklicken (sie zeigt einen Schreibstift), woraufhin ein Fenster aufgeht: "Zeichenformat: Fließtext". Dort endlich kann man ein Wort in fett ändern.

Ist das die einzige Möglichkeit? Dann wäre es umständlicher als in 2.6., ja: so umständlich (und zweitaufwendig) wie in keiner anderen Textverarbeitung. Das ist wirklich befremdlich, zumal es – wie gesagt – praktisch jede Textverarbeitung schafft, in der Toolbar Buttons für fett bzw. kursiv zu integrieren - selbst die primitivste.

Merkwürdig.

Dylan

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Re: Fett, kursiv

Post by ozean » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:42 pm

In Mellel, the best way to change the style of individual characters or words is either through character styles or through character style variations. The way I do it is to set up basic character styles that include all the variations that I need (i.e. bold, italics, etc.) and then apply these styles on the fly through keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard shortcuts for style variations are mapped to the F-keys by default, but you could also map them to command-B, command-I etc.

Using styles is much better than using the ad-hoc formatting you accessed in earlier versions. If you use ad-hoc formatting and later need to make changes to your document’s layout, then ad-hoc which was applied through the old palette formatting gets lost. So the best way to solve this problem would be to use character styles / character style variations.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Fett, kursiv

Post by devananda » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:15 am

Hello ozean,

Yes, that helps a lot.

Also, I am trying to understand character style variations.

To my understanding - if I want to make a word bold then instead of pressing ⌘ + B

I should go to the character palette and then chose the variation from the top (it took me a while to find that). Right?

And then if I want to use the shortcut (F1 keys then it's possible).

But how can I remap the f1 keys? I have those F1 keys already mapped.

thanks again!

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Re: Fett, kursiv

Post by ozean » Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:00 pm

devananda wrote:But how can I remap the F1 keys? I have those F1 keys already mapped.
Hmm, actually I am not sure how to remap the keyboard shortcuts for character style variations – and if this is actually possible. The other keyboard shortcuts can be changed in Styles > Edit Style Sets… but one does not have access to character style variations there… Maybe someone else has a tip here?

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Re: Fett, kursiv

Post by DRB » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:49 am

The method is actually quite easy. First of all, open the Styles menu and then click on "open styles sets". This will bring up a window which contains all of the styles sets Mellel happens to have at present. In the character column of the style set which you use you will find a list of items among which the first is called normal. Double-click on that and you will see a list of eight items labeled Base, B, C, D, E, F, G, H. Double-click on any of those letters and you will see that you are given a choice of the font, the character size, and the style which you might choose. Let us say that for B you choose Times New Roman, and set the character size as 11. For style you might choose Bold. As it happens, the B item refers to the F2 key. So hereafter the F2 key will cause you to type in 11pt bold Times New Roman

Base, B, C, D, E, F, G, H. refer to thet keys F 1, F 2, 3, F 4, F 5, F 6, F 7, and F 8, in that order. For each of these you may choose a font, a character size, and a style. The style you choose can be any of those utilized by Mellel: plain, bold, bold italics, small capitals, superscript, subscript, or any other form which that font has in its repertoire. After you close that menu, the F2 will always give you whichever style of letter you assigned to it; and similarly the other F1,F3, etc. keys.

In other words, the keys F1 through to F8 can be assigned whatever you like. Try this for yourself and see how it works.

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