[Scribus] Creating a table of contents

Craig Bradney cbradney
Mon May 24 16:58:35 CEST 2004

On Mon, 2004-05-24 at 16:46, John Culleton wrote:
> On Monday 24 May 2004 05:59 am, Craig Bradney wrote:
> > On looking for a Linux program to create a 8.5x11
> > > book with continuous pagination and a table of
> > > contents. 
> >
> > there is a table of contents generator script under
> > development but its not ready for use yet
> >
> > Craig
> TeX in its many incarnations will of course do this. But it 
> is possible to use it to just create the raw material of a 
> TOC. Here is what I would do:
> 1. Leave blank pages for the TOC.
> 2. Create a pdf of the book via e.g. Scribus.
> 3. Create an ASCII file of the book via ps2ascii or a 
> similar utility.
> 4. Using an editor like Vim change all the ^L characters to 
> the string \vfil\eject (mass change)
> 5. Put \input eplain.tex at the head of the file.
> 5a. Read the Eplain manual!
> 6. Put a chapter{myname} at the head of each chapter. 
> 7. Run pdftex myfile.tex twice.
> You now have a typeset TOC and a raw TOC file. Use either to 
> import into Scribus.
> An analagous technique can be used to create in index via 
> TeX and  makeindex. 
> I haven't found a single Open Source DTP tool that does 
> everything efficiently. Currently I am using TeX for body 
> text of normal books, Vim for editing, Xpdf for a WYSIWYG 
> display of the output.  I am probably going to use Scribus 
> for covers because of the precise measurement/placement  of 
> items via guides and the inherent CMYK capability. Fancy 
> graphic effects will still come from Gimp for importation 
> into Scribus as JPEG files.  
> But thanks to the latest tutorial, Scribus is in my toolbox, 
> and I will use it for what it can do where appropriate, and 
> other tools for all the rest. It is a formidable instument!

The TOC generator will be more flexible and usable across the range of
users, ie low and and high end. It will auto build pages or place the
TOC into an existing frame.

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