[Scribus] Maintaining text with scribus

Craig Bradney cbradney
Wed Jun 14 21:18:11 CEST 2006

On Wednesday 14 June 2006 13:58, avox wrote:
> Craig Ringer wrote:
> > avox wrote:
> >> Asif Lodhi wrote:
> >>> Also, what do you think about the idea of having the story-editor
> >>> facility as a configurable option instead?  I mean the users being
> >>> able to configure the editor of their choice as "the Scribus'
> >>> Story-Editor" so that they get to edit their text in their favorite
> >>> editors with all the facilities they want - that is, their favorite
> >>> editor pops-up when they select the Scribus' story editor option.
> >>
> >> Possible, but how would Scribus export the style information? And
> >> import it back?
> >
> > This might sound easy, but there are types of styling information that
> > Scribus understands but many other apps don't. As the 1.3.x series
> > improves that gap in styling facilities will only grow. It's rather hard
> > to round-trip styled text through an app that doesn't understand many of
> > the styles you need.
> >
> > I'd love to hear suggestions on this one, as it'd also apply well to the
> > external (linked) text ideas that've been floating around for a while.
> One thing that comes to mind is XML+CSS. Maybe we should even try to get
> the part for text content in the new Scribus file format as close as
> possible
> to XML+CSS, at least the XML part. CSS might be to limited for Scribus, but
> this solution would allow editing styled text with plain editors, XML
> editors
> or WYSWIG editors (even if what you see is not exactly what Scribus will
> give
> you). On reimport Scribus would just match the CSS classes with its
> internal styles.

Exposing the content with the DTD of the final 1.4 format might allow external 
editing.. but it's going to depend a lot on the quality of the importing code 
in the app we may have no influence over (ie, bug reporting capability).

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