[scribus-dev] Text import

"Christoph Schäfer" christoph-schaefer at gmx.de
Tue May 28 06:37:26 UTC 2013

Hi all,

Speaking to people of the typesetting and page design profession who generally acknowledge the achievements of Scribus, a generally recurring theme is the lack of support for RTF (they genuinely hate DOC and DOCX for all the problems these file formats create). They also wonder why it's not possible to export the content of text frames to RTF, HTML or ODT.

After some research in the intertube, some of this seems to be a low-hanging fruit for beginners:

- Qt supports HTML and ODT (http://qt-project.org/wiki/Handling_Document_Formats);

- There is an LGPL 2.1-licensed RTF parser library for Qt (https://launchpad.net/rtf-qt);

- The TEA editor (http://tea-editor.sourceforge.net/) provides text import filters for KWord (KWD), AbiWord (ABW), DOCX, RTF, and FB2 files. Its licence is GPL v3, so one cannot copy the code, but a potential developer could look at it.

There are also some Python libs for import/export available, just in case one of our scripting gurus is getting interested.

Does anyone want to bite?



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