[Scribus] Tabs with dotted lines, mail-merge

Craig Ringer craig
Mon Sep 13 20:08:14 CEST 2004

On Tue, 2004-09-14 at 01:24, Dylan VanHerpen wrote:
> Craig, it works great!

Cool. There's an updated version on the original URL, cleaned up, with
better error checking etc. Hopefully. I can now run without any
configuration and prompts for the information it needs. And there's a


The script has still received little testing - almost none with
non-default prefs - so testing would be appreciated. Hopefully I haven't
broken anything with the cleanups and changes.

> Now my only question is: How do I print all the individual documents 
> that the script generated at once (as one job)? Can I modify the
> script to merge each record to a new page within the same document?

I suppose you could, at that. Frankly, I hadn't thought of that
approach, but I don't see why not - if you can find a way to copy all
the items on the page to a new one. I didn't spot a 'CopyObject' or
similar function on a very quick glance at the API ref and the output of
dir(). It's very late here now, though, so that means little.

You should simply be able to make a copy of the mailmerge_writer_sla.py
module and modify it to add a page instead of saving a new file then
switch pages.

Because Scribus requires unique object names across the document, you'll
probably have to rename all the copied items as well. Unfortunately
there doesn't appear to be a 'CopyPage()' function in the scripter to do
the work for you yet, though the functionality is there in Scribus so it
might not be a big job to add.

Also, the current mailmerge_writer.py was written with individual files
in mind (silly me), but you shouldn't need to alter it. Just use the
'self.path_prefix' and 'self.filename_prefix' as the full path and
filename, eg os.path.join(self.path_prefix,self.filename_prefix), when
doing your final document save. Alternately, don't call super() in
__init__ at all, and don't bother to save the document - just leave it
open when the script completes.

If this didn't make much sense, don't worry - as I said, it's late here.
I just hope the updated code makes more sense ;-)

Craig Ringer

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