[Scribus] Character-by-character placement in PDF

Bart Alberti bart
Thu Oct 20 22:51:34 CEST 2005

Gregory Pittman wrote:

> Tobias Hilbricht wrote:
>> Am Donnerstag, 20. Oktober 2005 09:37 schrieb Bart Alberti:
>>> How about sla 2 latex (both being basically text tag
>>> systems). Surely xml is a subset of sgml?
>> I like LaTeX a lot for what it can do, but I also use Scribus for 
>> things which are difficult (or even not at all) to obtain with LaTeX. 
>> Just to name examples:
>> * Arbitrary shapes of text frames
>> * Non-square shaped areas for figures
>> * Holes covering parts of two columns
>> * Grid based typesetting
>> On the other hand, LaTeX has features expecially for scientific 
>> typesetting which are neither reached by InDesign, QuarkXpress nor 
>> Scribus (think of critical apparatus, indices, complex referencing 
>> etc.).
>> Therefore, Scribus has features LaTeX does not have and vice verse, 
>> and a sla2latex-converter can only produce output which does not make 
>> use of the real interesting features of both typesetting approaches.
> I think you're right, Tobias -- image-handling with LaTeX is 
> challenging. I played with it a bit just to see how hard it was.
> I've also looked at how abiword manages to save as .tex files; it 
> works but it's pretty ugly.
> Greg
Indeed, Abi is ugly but it can be easily tweaked. It is just a list of 
tags. Instead of sla2latex, why not import with latex2sla? Now, that 
would get the original features mentioned above.
Bart Alberti

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