[scribus] Using SVN for Scribus sla files

Calum Polwart cpolwart at wittongilbert.free-online.co.uk
Wed Oct 1 22:37:01 CEST 2008

Gregory Pittman wrote:
> Calum Polwart wrote:

>> SVN on the other-hand MAY allow dual user edits - after all the file is
>> an XML file - so basically plain text?  There are windows GUI front ends
>>  for SVN - all he'd basically need to do would be click "update/commit".
>>  SVN would use a local file so should be quicker to work with in terms
>> of edits and bandwidth would only by the sla file and any other
>> added/edited files not every file every time.  My biggest concern (apart
>> from the XML not actually being "mergable" would be file names?)
>> Looking for anyone who actually does this or something to achieve the
>> same result to chip in and tell me what they think?
> I wonder if svn might be overkill for this.

That was certainly my original feeling...

 One thing to consider is
> which part(s) you want to allow someone else to edit.

It would mostly be text yes.

 If they are mainly
> editing text, keep the text separate for that purpose.

Maybe I'm missing something fundamental in how I use scribus (quite
possible).  I get word documents (much as I'd like to change the world -
I have to realistic - contributions come from a small community of
people some of whom will be using library machines etc and have no power
to use OOo and ALL of whom would think I've lost the plot if I asked
them to use OOo instead.)  I then tend to just do a straight cut n paste
from OOo into Scribus.  perhaps I should  save as a writer file and
import but since I'd still have to apply the styles in OOo I don't see
the advantage.  I haven't ever figured out a way to allow a "linked"
text file - like you have with a picture.  If I have a picture and I
open it in gimp, & edit it then the changes come into scribus.  I
haven't found a way to do something like that with text... ...am I
missing something obvious?

There is text that I add that isn't provided in *.doc format - mostly
headings, captions on photos etc...  I'd expect them to be editable
too... but they don't have a separate file?

When (proper) tables come I'd like the ability for them to be edited too
- again there doesn't seem likely to be an "linked file" method unless
I'm completely being stupid!

> If I were in charge of layout, I don't think I'd want others fiddling
> with my layout -- make suggestions for edits, sure, but let one person
> be responsible for the layout.

I agree to some extent... but I doubt he'd intentionally change much
layout.  There may be the accidental change issue.  One advantage of SVN
would be the option to roll back - although it'd likely be a bulk load
of changes so that might not be quite so simple, and the XML is not
quite as pretty code to edit as a PHP file.  Of course RIGHT CLICK: LOCK
is a powerful tool and based on the competence of the average windows
user should be sufficient to prevent accidental damage!

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