[Scribus] Documentation

linuxlingam linuxlingam
Thu Jun 24 21:29:15 CEST 2004

On Fri, 2004-06-25 at 00:34, Maciej Hanski wrote:
> > Hello Maciej,
> Hi Louis,
> > 
> > As a newcomer in the Linux world (part time also!!) I don't know 
> > about Docbook. [snip]

> Docbook as the Scribus manual 


>  I experienced some
> vicious attacks of madness over "jumping" screen shots while translating
> Niyam's tutorial and swore to myself, to never ever again use OpenOffice
> or any other word processor for editing long documents. Docbook (here are some useful infos
> http://www.dpawson.co.uk/docbook/ ) is simply structured XML
> (or SGML) text data - you edit it once, using tags like <book>,

oops! or rather, OO.ops [grin]

a lot of people pointed out that to me, and the jury is still out on
whether that's a bug or a feature. :-)

you could mail that to OO.o and they'll certainly fix it if its a bug.
meanwhile, glad to see someone still using and appreciating SGML. the
OO.o fileformat is essentially xml, though i have yet to meet someone
who can extract data using some script or tool, and repurpose it, via
xslt. incidentally, the content management system (cms) plone, does
that. www.plone.org. you can upload an OO.o file and it can give you
concurrent fileformats of that file: html, pdf, etc etc...

OO.o was used for the tutorial for several strong reasons, which are
mentioned in the archive of the mailing lists. glad that peter attemted
a scribus version of the tutorial too.  i wonder if he's completed it.
craig and peter published an html version of the tutorial, so in case
someone wishes to copy and paste from there, you can.

craig mentions correctly that the tutorial is getting dated, which is a
great sign of the logarithmic progress of scribus. the tutorial's
essential focus is on 'getting started' and on sharing the secrets of
typographer's and publishing-design specialists, on how to approach
page-design. thanks to the FDL, several outdated and redundant aspects
of the tutorial can be updated, edited, and i actively encourage that.


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