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I'm trying to prepare a design in Inkscape to be sent to a laser cutter that should engrave some small text, with just with a single line.

Using the text tool and converting to a path gives me an outline of the text, which is not what I want.

How can I create text that uses a stroke instead of an area?

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Choose Extensions > Render > Hershey Text...

There are a number of fonts to choose from. Here are a couple of samples.

Simple text

Bold italic serif text

Need Inkscape 0.91 or greater.

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