Type of Paragraph
Window for managing the type of paragraph on which the cursor is positioned. The characteristics that a paragraph can have are many. These properties allow you to format and adapt the text stylistically to the characteristics of the page.
- Alignment: alignment is the layout criterion in which a text is arranged horizontally on the page. Text can be aligned Left, Right, Center or Justified. Justified means that the text automatically aligns on the page both to the left and to the right;
- Alignment in Braille: As with screen display and ink printing, the alignment of a paragraph is also respected for printing in Braille. For example, a paragraph aligned in the center is also centered in braille. The paragraph with justified alignment can also be printed in a justified way in braille. Because of the minimum unit of measurement, the braille cell, the justification is done by adding an empty cell between the words. The braille justification of paragraphs disturbs the braille reading. For this reason, the justified alignment can only be maintained for the purposes of on-screen display and ink printing. If you deactivate the braille printing of justified paragraphs, paragraphs with this type of alignment are printed as if they were aligned to the left;
- Outline level: sets the structure level of the paragraph on which the cursor is placed. The structure layer is generally used in the title paragraphs;
- Left and Right indent: indent values move the beginning or end of the text line to the right or left respectively. For example, if you use a left indent of 1 cm, compared to the left margin, the text contained in the paragraph is shifted to the right by 1 cm, in other words it is shifted to the left by 1 cm. The left indent is therefore used to indent the text of the paragraph to the left and the right indent to indent it to the right. The values of the two indents are contained in a SpinBox field. Like most of the Biblos SpinBox fields, you can choose the unit of measure with which to display the values;
- First line indentation: a special indentation is the first line indentation. If this field is used, the specified indentation value is added only to the first line of the paragraph. For example, if you use a left indent of 1 cm and a first line indent of 0.5 cm, the first line of the paragraph in question falls back to the left by 1.5 cm, while the following lines of the same paragraph fall back by 1 cm. With this field it is possible to obtain a particular re-entry, with a stylistic effect opposite to the re-entry of the first line, that is the protruding re-entry. With the protruding reentry only the first line of the paragraph has a minor or zero reentry compared to the following lines. To obtain the protruding effect of the paragraph it is sufficient to use negative values in the first line indentation field. For example, if you set a left indent of 1 cm and a first-line indent of -0.5 cm, only the first line of the paragraph protrudes 0.5 cm from the other lines. In other words, the first line is retracted to the left by 0.5 cm and the following lines by 1 cm;
- Indentations in Braille: the indentations of a paragraph are also respected for printing in Braille. In the case of this type of printing, the factor that influences the transformation from centimetres to braille cells is contained in the Braille Printing Settings and is called CELL WIDTH. So if a paragraph is indented to the left, it is also indented to the left of a certain number of braille cells in braille printing. To make it easier to choose how many cells to indent a paragraph, the SpinBox field of the various indents also has the unit of measurement braille, with which you can choose exactly the number of cells to be used as indent;
- Line spacing: the line spacing sets the vertical space between the lines of the paragraph. The value is expressed as a percentage. A single line spacing equals 100%, a double line spacing equals 200%, etc. The line spacing values are also considered in braille printing. Given the indivisibility of the braille cells, multiple values of 100 are taken into account. Therefore, to obtain an empty line between the lines of the braille paragraph, the value of double line spacing, i.e. 200%, is used. To have two empty lines of spacing you use 300% etc.. The 100% single line spacing in braille does not produce spacing lines.
In the Braille Printing Options - inside the Braille Printing window - there is a special box that, if activated, makes it possible to print the document all at double spacing, a useful mode for beginners and children. With this special mode you don't need to change the document spacing to get a braille document with double line spacing;
- Upper and lower spacing: The values of the fields SPACE Before and SPACE AFTER respectively produce a larger space before or after the paragraphs concerned. The spaces before and after a paragraph are also respected for braille printing. The factor that influences the transformation from centimetres to braille cells is contained in the Braille Printing Settings and is called CELL HEIGHT. For example, if a paragraph has sufficient spacing, this spacing is also respected when printing braille;
- Concatenate paragraphs: When printing in ink or braille on a document, a paragraph that spans several lines may be printed across two pages. If you want all the lines in a paragraph to be printed on one page, you must activate the PRINT INTO PAGE box. If you want a paragraph to be printed on the page where there is at least one line in the next paragraph, you must activate the PRINT TOGGLE box. This setting is usually used to concatenate the printing of a title with the next line of text. This setting affects both ink and braille printing. If you want all the lines in a paragraph to be printed on the same page where there is at least one line in the next paragraph, you must activate both the boxes described above for the same paragraph. If you want at least one line of the paragraph to be present in the same page where the next paragraph is printed, you must only activate the PRINT TOGETHER box. If you want all the lines of a paragraph to be printed on the same page as all the lines of the next paragraph, you must activate both boxes in the first paragraph and in the second only the PRINT box INTERACTLY IN THE PAGE;
- Do not use the Enter key: if you do not want the lines of a paragraph to be broken by a carriage return, activating this box will not break the text of a paragraph by a Enter;
- Do not use braille hyphenation: by activating this box, the words of the paragraph - only in braille printing - are not hyphenated;
- Default: by activating this box the chosen characteristics are made default for all new documents. To remove the default paragraph, simply click this box using the Ctrl key at the same time. If this box is green it means that previously settings have been assigned, if it is black there is no assignment;
- Ok: button to confirm the choices made. The paragraph is applied to the document and/or to the selected part;
- Cancel: returns to the source document without applying the paragraph choices.