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

Timo Stollenwerk lists
Sat Mar 1 11:18:15 CET 2008

Hi Timothy,

I'm currently writing my diploma thesis about a print publishing
solution with Scribus. So far I've created xsl stylesheets to create a
Scribus document from DocBook XML and to syncronise the data between
DocBook and Scribus (so far only in one direction). Furthermore I've
created a XML Schema definition for the Scribus 1.3.5 file format to
validate and test the stylesheets.

Because I want to use Plone (Python based CMS), I've create a Python
egg, that contains these stylesheets. You can download the egg in the
python cheeseshop:


Last year I wrote a proposal for GSoC 2007 about my idea:


If you're interested, I can send you an expos? I wrote about my ideas.

I'm going to document my efforts on this website:



Timothy Boyden schrieb:
> Hi All,
> I wanted to comment on and get feedback from any developers lurking on
> object tag names and the associated xml elements in the 1.3.5 file format.
> 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.
> Thoughts?
> Thanks,
> Tim Boyden
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