[scribus-dev] Editable Master Pages
avox at arcor.de
Wed Aug 6 16:33:50 CEST 2008
Am 06.08.2008 um 15:53 schrieb Gregory Pittman:
>> 1. The frames that will be linked need only to be tagged as "to be
>> linked" to the *same* frame on *next* page to which this
>> particular MP would be applied. That way, you can set as many
>> chain of text frames as you need.
>> 2. The frames that are un-tagged are created on each page too but
>> are not linked.
>> 3. Plus, you can also set 2 or more frames to be linked together
>> on a single page, but not to the next page.
>> 4. And finally, you can have a set of frames in a structure where
>> all those frames are linked together on a single page and are also
>> flowing in the next set of identical frames on the next page. That
>> is, the last frame in the chain gets a tag to be linked to the
>> next first one of the chain on the next page.
>> The same can be done on facing pages. With the particularity that
>> we could set the links to run on the full sequence of the pages,
>> 1-2-3- or 1-3-5 and 2-4-6.
> I think you also have to think about streamlining the process. For
> one thing, without changing the way links work, they could be
> easier to work with. Make the linking something like making a
> Bezier curve, where you activate linking, then left click, left
> click, left click, then when you're done, right-click or ESC to end
> linking and turn it off, with a message or tooltip to tell you this.
I'd rather see something like in Pagemaker: clicking on the overflow
indicator goes into link-mode. Shift clicking will create new
textframes as necessary.
Unlinking is available via context menu.
> As far as auto-linking, maybe there should be some semi-automated
> naming of frames, so that you could have families of text frames
> with similar names (think of the way that KSnapshot helps with
> naming screengrabs by automated numbering: eg, snapshot.png >
> snapshot1.png > snapshot2.png, and so on). This would facilitate
> auto-linking. It might also allow for rearranging the linking
> simply by changing names of the frames.
I think role names are a cleaner approach than some elaborated naming
>> e) Manually linking frames overrides the "auto-link-to"
>> If we are to create a new dialog for managing links, I would be
>> incline to think of a way to link two frames that are far from
>> each other in the page range, such as "Top Story on Front page" >
>> "continued on Back Page" and be able to set the link from this
>> back page frame (or on any page) to the front page frame from
>> within that dialog instead of having to run the link through all
>> pages with the mouse. But this is a tweak!
>> f) Empty text objects from master pages are editable on normal
>> pages and use the role/auto-link-to properties.
> What about the idea of having, for example, an empty text frame on
> a MP, which in a sense "links" to an editable frame on a regular
> layer on every page where that MP is used. The content could be
> edited in the usual way, but you could go to the MP and change
> position and size, which then would change the position and size of
> the editable frame on the editable layer without changing content.
We already need a separate copy of the content for each MP textframe
because of pagenumbers,
so it would be more natural to reuse the MP textframe, just with
> Could/should you be able to change position/size on the regular
> layer? Perhaps, but you'd have to decide whether this might change
> the frame on the MP -- might be a problem, and perhaps might
> "break" this MP link, at least on that page. I'm trying to think in
> the terms of the complaints that people seem to have, but also
> preserving the "integrity" of the MP.
AFAIU that's the core of the MP-usability question, ie. the point
where people disagree.
My position is:
a) if we allow changing position or other properties of MP items on
the normal page, use style inheritance to link to the original MP
b) never change the MP original when editing a normal page (not sure
if you meant it that way,
but it sounds like it)
c) definitely allow to change content of MP objects on the normal page.
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