Going from Corel Draw to Inkscape re tab making

In Draw, one can align text along a random path previously drawn, and make the individual letters normal(at right angles) to the line.
If one could do this with a series of rectangles. then you’ve got a way of creating tabs on non-regular shapes.
It occurred to me that if one created a ‘font’ of different shapes, you could use this as a method.

Is there a similar command in Inkscape, as I’m just starting to use it, but can’t find anything at the moment ?
I’ve started doing it manually by manipulating the nodes in a series of paths, but with a few hundred tabs to construct, it could be next Christmas before I’m done.

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Apologies. I’ve found the commands, but I’ll post back when I’ve solved the problem if no one beats me to it !