[scribus-dev] Who is going to kill the style dialog ?
louis.desjardins at gmail.com
Wed Nov 10 15:46:31 CET 2010
2010/11/1 Louis Desjardins <louis.desjardins at gmail.com>
> 2010/11/1 a.l.e <ale.comp_06 at xox.ch>
>> ciao louis,
> Salut Ale !
>> > And this is exaclty why I say that in this particular case of styles
>> > we should not need any further interface than the one we already have
>> > in front of us: the actual page! Why an extra dialog is beyond me.
>> it may be a good idea... but also a horrible one...
> :) Yesterday was Hallowe’en...
>> on the one side it's nice to be 100% free in our actions, on the other
>> side i fear that we need some control on which formatting make it in the
>> style definition and we probably also need an overview and fine tweaking.
> All of this can be acheived on the canvas.
> Experiment as you wish and stabilise when you’re ready (or when you think
> you are...). Fine tweak. Change only one parameter and save as a new style
> when you are ready to do so. That’s even simpler than Duplicate a style and
> then open the actual Style Manager dialog, edit it and then apply it to see
> the change and then confirm.
> Say you want to set the type of a brand new book. Say it’s the brand new
> Scribus manual. You’re not sure about which font you’re going to use, which
> font size, which linespacing, if you’re going to need a drop cap or no, what
> space between paragraphs and in the end will there be any or would you
> prefer an indention on the first line or both a space and an indention,
> whatever. You need to experiment, to play around with pages and pages, print
> them, compare them, test readability, try to evaluate the number of pages,
> tweak again, increase the typesize, the linespacing, tweak the hyphenation
> settings, set the headers, running titles, titles, subtitles of all
> This typical job would need, say, 10 or so stylesheets but you don’t know
> yet how they are going to be defined. You are experimenting. And once you
> think you’re done, you might even change your mind afterwards and this is
> all so easy with the magic of stylesheets.
> So, all the experimental work is done and now you think you are ready to
> have your ideas fixed into stylesheets because you have this book to format
> and you don’t want to apply dozens of settings to hundreds of cases.
> Here comes the magic. Why open a dialog and re-enter the values you already
> have found and set? Just put the cursor on the paragraph you like and
> right-click, type the name for this style and hit the keypad for a shortcut
> if you need one, and that’s it! Click on the next formatted paragraph you
> need a style sheet for and do the same. In seconds you’ll have all the style
> sheets you need for the paragraphs of the Scribus manual.
> And if for any reason you’ll need to fine tune again, read below!
>> but the idea is not bad at all:
>> - right click on a paragraph and define a paragraph from its formatting
> Right click on a paragraph and be prompted for a name (and an optional
> shortcut if you need one). Type the name, hit the OK button and that’s it.
> There! You have your style.
>> - right click on the paragraph and get a list of the differences against
>> the current style. you can accept or reject each of them and patch the
>> paragraph style
> Hum... it’s not what I envision here! I would not want to see of a list of
> differences and accept or reject each of them. I think the process can be
> more straightforward than that. This reminds me of the hyphenation dialog
> when a certain check box used to be checked by default and you would be
> prompted for each and every hyphen... A nightmare we could fortunately awake
> from and turn off!
>> - open the style dialog and you can check and fine tune it
> You already *are* in the "style dialog" because you are on the page and you
> have all you need in front of you. If you want to fine tune a style that
> already exists or edit it in any way, you simply modify the paragraph
> settings and right click. You’ll be prompted for either create a new style
> or apply the changes to the existing style if there was one applied to this
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> >>> - right click on the paragraph and get a list of the differences
> >>> the current style. you can accept or reject each of them and patch the
> >>> paragraph style
> >>Hum... it’s not what I envision here! I would not want to see of a list
> >>differences and accept or reject each of them. I think the process can be
> >>more straightforward than that. This reminds me of the hyphenation dialog
> >>when a certain check box used to be checked by default and you would be
> >>prompted for each and every hyphen... A nightmare we could fortunately
> >>from and turn off!
> This seems like a handy thing to have, but not a must have. I can think of
> a few times when I've had difficulty sorting out why exactly a part of a
> paragraph looked off after a page reflow this could have helped with. Maybe
> something more like Wordperfect's codeview would be better here. The
> analysis part of this idea is important.
> >>You already *are* in the "style dialog" because you are on the page and
> >>have all you need in front of you. If you want to fine tune a style that
> >>already exists or edit it in any way, you simply modify the paragraph
> >>settings and right click. You’ll be prompted for either create a new
> >>or apply the changes to the existing style if there was one applied to
> I'm going to have to disagree here. Some users need to see the values, not
> the results of the values. It might not be important to the paragraph you
> are examining but may have impact elsewhere.
(I have put back your answer into the thread)
The values are always visible and accessible. They are in the Properties
Palette. The one issue to solve here is to put in the PP all the settings
that are only available into the actual Style Manager.
> The Manager would simply list the available styles you can pick to apply to
> any paragraph or your choice. In this small window you could delete styles
> or map one or more styles to another existing style. Manage. Not set, tweak,
> create. Manage. The Manager could tell you how many instances use this
> style, for example. The Manager could allow to print a list of the settings
> used in all the stylesheet and print a sample text showing each of the style
> sheets used in the file. This would be very useful for quality control and
> for proofreaders who would know precisely what settings were used or were
> supposed to be used.
> - this should be true for each type of style (char, line, frame, ...)
> Very precisely yes! :)
>> - each style editor is a separate window (no style manager anymore!)
>> let's have a dream...
> Exactly! :)
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