[Scribus] [Fwd: [Techtalk] openoffice and scribus]

Gregory Pittman gpittman
Tue Feb 5 15:26:21 CET 2008

Chantal Rosmuller wrote:
>> hard to be sure where to reply...
>> I'll put a response here in case list readers are interested.
>>  From the message it's a little unclear to what degree importation is
>> desired. Scribus does have the ability to import Writer files and even
>> apply styles, in case that is enough.
>> See this for more specifics:
>> http://documentation.scribus.net/index.php/Working_With_Text#ODT_Import_Exa
>> mple
>> Greg
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> Hi Greg, I am the original poster of this question. Thanks for the link, this 
> will not do however because in the example a whole file is imported. In our 
> situation the office document has to be imported several times because the 
> content can change, problem is however that the writers/translaters who work 
> in the office document can also change the style/layout. That means that the 
> layout person has to change this back in scribus every time.
> We are now exploring several possibilties, making it impossible for writers to 
> mess up the layout using a template in openoffice is one, another is using 
> something entirely different like a wiki for the writing and importing that 
> into scribus.  
> Still it would be nice if a feature was developed to resolve this, I cannot 
> imagine that we are the only publishing organisation with this issue?
Sometimes issues are user issues. Scribus stresses flexibility, 
therefore built-in restrictions don't exist. I think you're indicating 
that people are to an extent working in silos, which is understandable 
given your workflow. With so much handing back and forth, it's 
imperative at the least for people to understand what is happening in 
their own silo.

It's going to be important for the layout people to fully understand the 
various ways that Scribus can help with paragraph styles, creating and 
editing them, then applying. They may have to keep track of any small 
style edits, say a few words at a time, but I think that is manageable. 
There probably should also be someone overseeing this to see where 
problems arise, so that work patterns might be altered for the benefit 
of the entire project.


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