[scribus-dev] Fwd: Re: Scribus implementation

Saravanan Kuppusamy sarankup at gmail.com
Tue Apr 15 16:23:19 UTC 2014

Dear ciao,

Many thanks for your detailed responses. We understand that the Scripter
via Python. As I mentioned initially, we uses XML for typesetting in
InDesign application. InDesign helps in in preserving XML as below. For

[1] XML from our client will be like the below:

[2] Through XSLT, we generate XML as below (This XML will be imported into
InDesign template):
<author><firstname>Saravanan</firstname><x>, </x>

[3] Inside of InDesign, our operator will make some corrections like
changing the content as below (We should update the content inside of
InDesign, and no-excuse in our business):

[4] After PDF is done from InDesign, we export the XML from InDesign for
other online products like EPUB, HTML, etc.,

The biggest advantage of InDesign here is, InDesign preserves XML as is.
The [1] and [2] process is managed outside of InDesign, but not [3] and
[4]. Does Scribus supports [3] an [4] process? This question is really the
deciding factor for me.

If you could educate me on this, would be more grateful. Thanks in advance.

On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM, a.l.e <ale.comp_06 at xox.ch> wrote:

> hi,
>> If anyone replies to this, please CC to Saravanan. I don't know how to
>> answer his questions.
> since saravanan posted his question to this list, i must think that he is
> reading the answers... but let's put him / her in CC: to make sure that the
> answer gets through.
> the easiest way to do automation inside of scribus is to use the scripter,
> which uses python. this means that you have access to all python's library
> to manage your xml and create your scribus documents.
> there are some commands missing in the scribus "API"m but you seem to be
> ready to put your hands in the engine to extend it... and this should not
> be that hard, either!
> finally, you can also create plugins by using c++. as cédric wrote,
> scribus is already using much XML internally, so you should not have a hard
> time figuring out how to create your own importers and exporters.
> just ask if you need more hints and help!
> ciao
> a.l.e
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