[Scribus] Summer of Code - Emacs mode?

Craig Bradney cbradney
Tue Mar 20 11:24:32 CET 2007

> ----- Original Message -----
> Subject: [Scribus] Summer of Code - Emacs mode?
> From: jrm at kw.igs.net <jrm at kw.igs.net>
> To: scribus at nashi.altmuehlnet.de
> Date: 20-03-2007 10:52
> Hello, people.  For what they're worth, here are some thoughts
> on a Scribus/Emacs project that just might be attractive for
> Summer of Code.
> - Personally, whenever it's seemed appropriate to edit an .sla
> file in a text editor, I've found the experience rather
> daunting.  Even a fairly simple scribus-mode for Emacs would
> be useful, so I don't think this would be a hard project to
> get off the ground.
> - Even the side project of collecting together all the 
> various tips on editing .sla files would be intrinsically
> helpful.  And it would open the possibility of getting the
> scribus-mode up to being very useful.  Example: locating usage
> of some particular style.  Example: easing relocation of
> images to a different directory.  Example: rearranging
> bookmarks.
> - Going further, a second Emacs mode, scribus-story-mode,
> would specialize in editing marked up text for Story Editor
> import/export.  One access method would be from the main
> scribus-mode, which when the cursor is in a chunk of Story
> Editor text would give the option of opening a separate
> buffer in scribus-story-mode.  The other access method
> would be on opening something exported from the Story
> Editor.  In the latter case, it could be nice to be able,
> from scribus-story-mode, to generate a new document and
> pop it open read-only in Scribus to see the consequences
> of fiddling in Emacs.
> Even though the Scribus developers may be mainly vi users,
> it still should be possible to get the above Emacs modes
> to a point where they will be useful to developers and
> not just to us users.

Sounds like a reasonable thing to me, although nano is my friend :)
My concern lies to:
a) 1.3.3.x still has non conformant characters in the file format
b) as 1.3.4 is not complete, the 1.3.4 format is not finalised around the
area of styles and text formatting

Perhaps by the time GSoC has started, b) might have been sorted out.


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