[Scribus] Easy way to convert Publisher files using the MHT format

Maciej Hanski ma_han2000
Sun Feb 3 00:01:09 CET 2008

Icy EyeG wrote:
> Hi!
> I'm new to Scribus, so I don't know if anyone has talked about this or not.
> I love the program, but one thing I'd like to have would be an easy
> convertion of Publisher (2003/2007) files. I already saw that you don't
> intend to port proprietary formats (and I do understand the reasons).
> However, I think that no one talks about the fact that Publisher also saves
> files in MHT format. The 2003 and 2007 editions (at least) can edit these
> MHT files, as if they were regular PUB files, because all the style
> information is saved in HTML tags and metadata (most of it localized between
> the <head></head>). As a MHT file is easily edited in a text editor and
> Scribus uses a XML-like format (and, for what I understand HTML support is
> on the roadmap), wouldn't it be easier to add a "Publisher MHT file import"
> function, instead of a "Publisher PUB file import" function?
> The users would still have to convert their PUB files one by one to the MHT
> format, but it would be a huge improvement to increase the popularity of
> Scribus.
> Please tell me what you think.

What about writing a nice XSL stylesheet and transforming these files
(MHT, XHTML, INX, whatever) with a XSLT processor? I might be wrong, but
this job could be done outside of Scribus and without engaging the
sparse resources of the Scribus team.


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