[scribus] Size of text frame compared to contents

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Sat Jul 18 20:33:39 CEST 2009

On Saturday 18 July 2009 11:03:28 am D. R. Evans wrote:
> Christoph Schäfer said the following at 07/18/2009 01:37 AM :
> > Am Freitag, 17. Juli 2009 16:11:45 schrieb D. R. Evans:
> >> D. R. Evans said the following at 07/16/2009 04:23 PM :
> >>> I'm sure this is answered somewhere in the manual, but I
> >>> can't find it (actually, that's my biggest complaint about
> >>> the manual... I just cannot find stuff in it; maybe I'm just
> >>> too used to the TeXbook's index).
> >>
> >> I think I should make it clear, having seen how this thread
> >> has developed, that I chose the TeXbook merely as an example
> >> of a book with a wonderful index -- I don't think I have ever
> >> failed to find what I wanted after consulting its index. It
> >> had nothing to do with the fact that the TeXbook happens to be
> >> about putting characters on a page.
> >>
> >> Perhaps the following figures are telling:
> >>
> >> Scribus manual length: ~430 pages
> >> Scribus index length: ~6 pages
> >>
> >> TeX manual length: ~455 pages
> >> TeX index length: ~25 pages
> >
> > As one of the main authors of the manual I have to say that the
> > index is always up for improvements. However, I don't think
> > it's a good idea to compare the index of a Scribus book with a
> > (La)TeX book. After all, (La)TeX
> I think that maybe you're looking at this from the point of view
> of an index producer rather than that of an index consumer.
> The consumer wants to know how to do X. The number of different X
> things that he might want to do is (presumably) more or less the
> same for TeX and for Scribus. If that assumption is correct, then
> it should be more or less equally as difficult to find out how to
> do something in the two cases; but as an index consumer
> unfortunate experience leaves me in no doubt that I am vastly
> more likely to be able to figure out how to do what I want from
> the TeXbook index than from the Scribus index.
> Having whined, though, I am not sure how to improve the Scribus
> index. If I look at it form the point of view of an index
> producer, it's not at all obvious how to make it more useful :-(
>   Doc

I have purchased a copy of the book. If someone would release to me 
the  final pdf of the interior pages I could index it again, making 
sure that present items were included but adding more.  I have done 
many indexes. I would do this gratis. 

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