[Scribus] Scribus Feature Requests and Discussion

Craig Bradney cbradney
Mon May 24 16:54:21 CEST 2004

On Mon, 2004-05-24 at 16:19, Craig Ringer wrote:
> On Mon, 2004-05-24 at 19:41, Louis Desjardins wrote:
> > ? (At) 12h30 +0800 24/05/04, Craig Ringer ?crivait (wrote) :
> > 
> > [...]
> > 
> > >  > I think Quark and Indesign have
> > >  > this implemented in a similar manner.
> > >
> > >If Quark does it, I'd love to know how. Maybe it was added in Quark 5 or
> > >6 (but that'd mean getting something for your upgrade money, so I'm not
> > >convinced), but all I have been able to find is the usual linked image
> > >ability.
> > 
> > Actually, what Quark has done within 6.0 is a dynamic update of text 
> > content within "user tagged" text boxes. Say you have a book title on 
> > the front page, and that title is repeated in various pages in your 
> > document, and on the spine and back cover (that could all be part of 
> > the same "cover" page), you could tag this text so any change would 
> > reflect wherever it is used in the document, keeping the specific 
> > styles and text enrichments for each use.
> I take it that Quark 6 does this tagging in such a way as that the
> master text is stored within the Quark document, rather than an external
> file? That's nice, but not really what I'm thinking of, as the key idea
> in my case is to get the copy editors away from Quark.
> Here's what I'm thinking of:
> ----
> Author: Lesley
> Section: Community News
> Heading: Dog eats man
> Body text here blah blah blah blah
> ssdf blah bsdasdf a kbj bkah blah
> Caption1: The dog, looking guilty
> ----
> The above is what I'd be looking for in the end - a way to keep all text
> content in a single file, and be able to "update" the page in the DTP
> app to pull in changes. Changes in the DTP app could also update the
> data file. I strongly suspect some form of markup would be required to
> achieve this, however. XML, inevitably ;-)
> I'm actually wondering if I could do this with a Python script. That
> raises the interesting possibility of pulling the text out of a database
> instead of a marked up file, too. Drat - yet another thing goes on my
> long TODO list.
> The difficulty would be tagging the text fields with the record ID and
> field. Is there any way for scripts to attach extra data to objects like
> textboxes?


> When looking over the Scripter API docs, I also didn't spot a way to
> create linked text boxes. Is this possible?

LinkTextFrames(name1, name2)
Create the linked text frames. Parameters are the object names.
Remove the specified (named) object from the text frame flows/linkage. 

> Oh, and guys: Thanks again for all the wonderful work. I know I usually
> come forward with issues, but that's all in the interest of ironing out
> things I think make it harder to use Scribus in my particular field of
> experience. I definitely appreciate all your work, and I love watching
> the way the app develops.

Its a lot of fun.. just takes time. Things are getting there.. and
closer to 1.2.

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