Overlapping Items

Greetings!

My biggest design challenge so far has been dealing with overlapping items when I go to publish my site. I’ve started naming every item on every page now. It’s extra work but makes troubleshooting overlapping items easier when it comes to identifying the items in question.

The problem though is often when Freeway identifies items that are overlapping, it doesn’t appear that they are overlapped so I’m not sure why it thinks they are.

For example.

I could have a page with two graphic items on it. The items appear to be apart from each other but when I go to publish it says that one of the items won’t be published because it is overlapping. I go back to the page and click on each item and find that the boundary boxes (or whatever they are called) appear to be sufficiently apart from each other and do not appear to overlap. I end up having to nudge one or both items over and over until I can publish without the overlap message.

On layouts where there is a tight concentration of items, it can make me go crazy when numerous items are supposedly overlapping but on the screen they appear fine.

Am I missing something, and is it truly not WYSIWYG? I also don’t understand sometimes when I’m using a graphic box for custom fonts, why the top horizontal line of the boundary box is not above the top of the text, but often down about 5 pixels into the top of the font. I’m not sure if this makes sense or not. Apparently I have problems with boundaries… (waits for the laughs…) ok, that was a bad joke. But seriously, Not sure what the issue is with the overlapping and why the top of the box cuts through text.

Thank you for any insight you can provide.

Ron


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Sometime around 25/11/08 (at 08:12 -0500) Ron Jaffe said:

sometimes when I’m using a graphic box for custom fonts, why the top
horizontal line of the boundary box is not above the top of the
text, but often down about 5 pixels into the top of the font.

This is probably because of the metrics and character placements of
that particular font, not anything to do with any one program that
uses the type.

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On 25 Nov 2008, 12:36 pm, thatkeith wrote:

This is probably because of the metrics and character placements of
that particular font, not anything to do with any one program that
uses the type.

k

Ok, that would make sense, but I guess I don’t understand how a program would draw that box outline without taking the font metrics into account. I assumed the graphic outline box would be able to know how the font displays but I guess it doesn’t translate.

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Sometime around 25/11/08 (at 08:45 -0500) Ron Jaffe said:

I guess I don’t understand how a program would draw that box outline
without taking the font metrics into account.

Anything that did that would have to shift the baseline all over the
place whenever you changed the typeface. The baseline is the only
truly feasible ‘anchor’ for setting type, and from there it can
project out or not as the font designer saw fit. :slight_smile:

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