[Scribus] Two ideas from an earlier DTP app

Craig Bradney cbradney
Fri Feb 18 16:49:28 CET 2005

On Friday 18 February 2005 15:50, telkomsa3036 at telkomsa.net wrote:
> >> 1. Layers were indicated as frames in different colors around the
> >> text/image boxes.
> >
> > cute. i like it.
> >
> >> 2. With a special key you could call a small input dialog, just 1 line
> >> or so, for invoking special formatting codes. I think my friend
> >> explained to me that these were the codes for a machine previously used
> >> for layouting in the printing world (Linotype???). Anyway, formatting
> >> was made ridiculously fast by just typing some codes, and the whole
> >> paragraph or text was re-alined. (He admitted that hardly anyone from
> >> the DTP world knew these codes anymore and he considered himself kinda
> >> dinosaur still using them...)
> >
> > hey, now that could be useful... why should an exeprienced user have to
> > point and clik all paragraph styles, when they get wirtten as text in the
> > and anyway... one could even have history / presets of such 'lines'...
> > i like it.
> >
> > regards, bostjan
> If I, as a quiet lurker, may add my tuppence here:
> In Tera IT's GN3 (GoodNews 3) newspaper production system on which I earn
> my daily bread you don't even have to call an input dialog. You simply use
> a function key to insert a command which shows up as >< in magenta or
> colour of user's choice and you insert the formatting codes between the >
> and the <.
> A typical initial set of coding at the start of the story might look
> something like this: >f 131<>h 8.7<>ld 9<>paj<>ql<>is 12<>ehyp
> 1<>global<>is< ... calling for font no 131, font size 8.7pt, leading 9pt,
> justify both margins, setting last line left, indent first line 12pt and
> enable hyphenation. The global command, of course means that this style
> will be followed in each succeeding par unless countermanded within a par
> by new code. In this case, following the global command is >is< which, for
> the intro par, countermands the 12pt first line indent. This set of
> commands, if they constitute the publication's default body text style,
> will usually be bundled into a single style code called, typically,
> >text<, saving the hassle of keying in the full set of commands.
> Rolf's friend is right ... it does make formatting ridiculously fast
> compared to having to point and click on paragraph styles, as  Bostjan
> points out. I play around with DTP at home (hoping soon to switch to
> Scribus!) and I find the point and clck method rather tiresome after a day
> at work zapping in commands all over the show to bend the type to my will
> :>)

This would be entirely possible in Scribus. All we need is a "language" to do 
it in, however the hotkeys I'm working on will go a little way to help this 
stuff without it.

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