[scribus] New to publishing, Scribus, and this list

Hedley Finger hfinger at handholding.com.au
Tue Oct 14 02:19:55 CEST 2008


> But my first question is:  Is this do-able for a newbie? Or am I nuts? 

I looked at the code for your web site and you seem to know a fair bit 
about HTML and CSS.  May I suggest you look at Prince, an HTML (or XML, 
come to that) formatter that uses CSS to specify formats and outputs to 
PDF?  The book /Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the web/ by Hakon 
Lie and Bert Bos was written in HTML and output to PDF by Prince.  If 
you want an automatically generated table of Contents and index, you 
have to do a bit of XSLT work.  Or you could just hand craft the front 
and back matter in some other application and prepend and append to the 
generated PDF file.  See <http://www.princexml.com/download/>.

It costs a bit but may be worth keeping your hair.  You may be able to 
download and do the job for free for a one-off job if you can get around 
the evaluation spoiler, which doesn't seem difficult.



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