I bought the book on Inkscape and searched this site. I set preferences in Inkscape to points for text-unit-type.

For running a decorative calligraphy-text in a loop once around a page (along a path) and make the ends fit nicely I would need exactly 11.35 point font size. But Inkscape only lets me select 11pt or 12pt, not a fraction (like Scribus allows). I tried "." and "," for the fraction-delimiter but neither works.

I have tweaked the "spacing between letters" option, but that makes our text very ugly, so I would love to adjust the font-size instead.

Is this possible? And what is the hack please?

I am working on Inkscape 64bit 0.91 r13725 under Windows 10 64bit.

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    Entering a font size with decimals is supported in Inkscape. There is no secret trick, you only type the number you want into the field.
    – Moini
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 3:47
  • Thank you Moinilein for this encouragement. Now it just remains the follow-up question: How do you do it? I told about my version above. I am using computers for some 40 years and normally I manage to type the right thing into a box and get results. If you would want 11.35 pt size, what would you type? 11.35 and 11,35 do not work for me. Do I need to type the unit as well? Any more detail would help. Thanks. Commented Jan 21, 2017 at 17:15

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You might have missed selecting all text.

  1. Select the text object with the arrow tool
  2. Switch to the text tool
  3. Press Ctrl+A to select all text
  4. In the toolbar, adjust the font size, type 11.35 and Enter

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  • Thank you Thomas, that is so helpful. I was surprised and it works, exactly what we need. Then I tried with a "normal" text, just selecting it with the text tool: I can change the font size (even assign fractions like 11.35) without selecting any character; and it will still change the size of the entire text (a little bit similar as in Scribus). So it was the need to select the entire text that I had missed in case of this "along a path". All thumbs up. Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 16:48

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