[Scribus] Comment about object tag names and xml file format

Craig Bradney cbradney
Tue Feb 26 23:48:08 CET 2008


> I'm interested in developing a web-based tool that can manipulate
> Scribus docs and their XML like file structure. I would be programming
> it in PHP which has useful utilities for handling XML objects and can
> make OO objects out of XML elements. Basically the application would
> make use of predefined Scribus "Spec Ads" that can be customized via a
> web form that changes the text of tagged text elements in Scribus docs.
> Currently you can give objects a name in the properties box, but it does
> not appear to actually label or "id" the associated element within the
> file. For example, I create a text element and assign it the name of
> "tagline" in the properties box, I would expect that when I save the
> document and look at it's source code, the associated itext element
> would have an attribute named "id" with a value of "tagline". This would
> then allow me to in PHP to do a getElementById("tagline") and then have
> an object with the property "CH" which would contain the text that I
> could then manipulate.

Changes to the file format are possible, although no longer in 1.3.5 really. 
Requests can be made for 1.3.6+. I do however doubt we would put the user 
specified name in the "id" tag but reserve this for an internal reference and 
place the name in anothr tag.

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Ok, now I have to follow Carl Worth and quote/modify a reply to someone who 
posted a message on the cairo mailing list recently:

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