[Scribus] Scribus1.3.0 -- paragraph styles in incoming text.

Peter Barnes pjb
Tue Aug 2 11:43:40 CEST 2005

----- Original Message -----
From: "Howard White" <scribus at howardwhite.net>
To: scribus at nashi.altmuehlnet.de
Subject: Re:  [Scribus] Scribus1.3.0 -- paragraph styles in incoming text.
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2005 15:32:22 +0000
> > I have tried the text filter approach to importing text with tags 
> > for paragraph styles but it seems to only allow ASCII text. 
> > Therefore paragraph styles are imported but I cannot see a way to 
> > use tags for character level style such as italics in the body 
> > text.
> >
> > Also, when I tried importing an OpenOffice document which had 
> > several paragraph styles, these styles seemed to be largely 
> > imported successfully - but where I had used italics in the text 
> > this had become roman.
> >
> > My ideal would be to be able to use the text filters in an RTF 
> > file and be able to import paragraph styles via tags, and have 
> > character styles retained intact.
> >
> Character styles are not *yet* implemented in Scribus -- see the 
> Roadmap on Scribus Public Wiki for a timetable. Therefore tagged 
> character import can't presently work.
> In a related matter -- if you or others are familar with regular 
> expressions, it turns out (special thanks to avox on IRC #scribus) 
> that you can use regular expressions not only for search but also 
> for replace in a text filter. I have implemented, among other 
> things, a filter that reasonably intelligently replaces inch marks 
> (") with appropriate open or close double quotes. And I am a total 
> regex nOOb.
> HW
This, and the subsequent posts, are very interesting although I doubt that I will have the time to learn regex for this purpose. Even if I did learn it, what does one do with the regex once it is written (I was tempted to write "where should I insert it" but I don't want to attract any witty comments!). Should it be keyed in somewhere in the Scribus Get text/text filter box?

My impression is that Scribus has been written (so far) primarily for people producing graphic-rich brochures etc and not for those like me who handle technical documents with large amounts of text that is full of italics, subscripts, symbols and the like. Although it is probably very good at doing the former task, from my perspective it seems like Scribus has lots of bells & whistles but there is still a wheel missing ;)


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