[Scribus] WP versus DTP
hovergo at net-tech.com.au
Tue Jun 6 14:07:26 CEST 2006
One big disadvantage with using a WP is that the writer can do "to
much". Not only can the writer make text bold or italics, but the writer
can change font, change fontsize and other things that are likely to
I ran into this problem early on with my newsletter. I cannot strongly
enough recommend that only plain text files be used to input into
Scribus then do all of the beauty formatting within Scribus.
I no longer even use large text files, rather breaking them down into
smaller files with seperate headings files. Editing is a delight working
this way in Scribus.
Scribus enforces DTP thinking which is differrent to WP thinking, it
makes the editor rethink how things are -best- done from the start
instead of during the process and in the classroom this difference needs
to be discussed so that students learn above all that there are tools
for all trades not one big universal tool.
WP programs tend in my experience to cover up potential problems which
will be more noticable as WP experience grows, making it a little more
difficult to move to DTP.
For teachers, WP should remain as WP and DTP be taught for layouts from
the start. I do not believe that this will incerease workload as
children can grasp several different things simultaneously, far faster
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