[scribus] Automating Scribus
etkit1 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 31 17:14:21 CEST 2010
Submitted on 03/31/2010
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Subject: Automating Scribus
I currently create documents in Word 2003 which are saved in XML (WordML)
format. The documents typically have 4 pages and contain multiple sections
with variable numbers of columns, figures and tables. I upload the XML to my
server where it is converted into a simpler XML format which I then use to
generate customized PDF documents using mPDF.
The weak link in all of this is Word - it is a mere document processor and
the process of creating precise document layouts, placing figures correctly
etc is well nigh impossible. Enter Scribus. I have looked at what it can do
and also checked out the Scribus XML format. I should be able to convert the
Scribus XML to my native, GSNML, format and then feed that to mPDF and things
will work just fine.
However, I am wondering if there is an alternative along these lines
a, Take the SLA file.
b. Replace the text and figures taht I need to customize.
c. Finally use sla2pdf to convert the SLA to a PDF.
If this is doable I can handle all of the programming. However, I would
appreciate some pointers on where to look etc. Naively changing text, images
in the SLA does not work - it ends up in Scribus reporting a bad format.
I'd much appreciate any help.
p.s. - I need to do all of the above on my webserver which runs Apache under
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