[scribus] Using SVN for Scribus sla files (a.l.e)

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Thu Oct 2 14:54:06 CEST 2008

a.l.e wrote:
> hi
>>>> where i can agree with you is: it would be nice to have a tool which
>>>> fully retains scribus' formattings and just lets you change the 
>>>> text and
>>>> apply styles (a scribus plugin for oo.writer may be the best 
>>>> solution...
>>>> but i fear that it can't be implemented...).
>>> I have said it before: I would LOVE to have the story editor as a
>>> standalone application. Preferrably with the option to "prevent" the 
>>> user
>>> from creating new styles (so they can only apply styles already 
>>> defined).
>>> That would be a very good tool for text handling, without messing 
>>> things up.
>> That's exactly what Adobe has done with InCopy, so apparantly there is
>> some need for an application like that. InCopy even allows simultanous
>> edits in different text flows within one document. Their trick is to
>> split the main document into parts which basically are individal XML
>> files.
>> For a start, having a text-only-editor would be great.
> the .sla file format is changing towards xml conformitiy. in this 
> context, it is planned to make external text sources possible.
> it's not on the highest priority, but afaik it will happen.
> ... and with a bit of luck we will get a new .sla which is an archive 
> (zip, tar) of xml files...
> but all this is many months ahead!
Something which could come from either the direction of Scribus or from 
openoffice.org would be a plugin for oowriter for editing Scribus text 
files. They have added the ability to export from oowriter to Latex, and 
it would seem that working with the Scribus format, especially when it 
is fully XML-compliant and stable, should be easier than that.


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