[Scribus] XML and textstyle filter
Tue Feb 20 20:21:21 CET 2007
Femke Snelting wrote:
> Mute Magazine http://www.metamute.org/ the English mag for 'culture and
> politics after the net' is currently working with us* to port their
> printed magazine from InDesign to Scribus :-) .
The plan is to test
> things out on the upcoming March issue, and if allworks out, their
> summer issue will be done for real in Scribus.
> As Mute is operating both off and on line, and has amongst many other
> services, a 'Print on Demand' branch, we have been following the recent
> posts on end-to-end publishing with interest.
> But to begin more modestly, we are trying to find a way to clean up web
> content while retaining markup, before importing material into Scribus.
> Researching possibilities, we came across the amazing text-filter
> feature and were wondering:
> - Will the way filtering is handled change a lot with the new text
> engine coming up?
The new text engine and the gettext/filter framework are different
parts of Scribus. Tsoots has been working on a rewrite of the gettext
system, he would be the best to explain the changes in that area.
As far as I understand it's mainly increased flexibility of applying
> - Is there a way the filter can handle html tags, or only after closing
> tags have been stripped off before import?
Not yet AFAIK. But we'll move towards XML/XHTML+CSS in the future.
(There will be substantial differences to web styles though, in particular
concerning font selection, color selection and text layout features)
> - Will there be many changes to the way styles operate in the upcoming
> version of Scribus?
There's been a complete rewrite in 1.3.4. Character styles and paragraph
styles now have equal standing. You can do direct formatting for both now
and there are named charstyles. There's also an inheritance system, so
you can create styles based on a parent style. A stylemanager provides a
common dialog for manipulating all sorts of styles.
The work is not done yet. Some attributes will be added, some attributes
might move from charstyles to parstyles or vice versa. Also new styles
will show up: in addition to char-, par- and linestyles probably
tablestyles and cellstyles.
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