[scribus] TeX and render frames
John Jason Jordan
johnxj at comcast.net
Mon Feb 14 00:25:08 CET 2011
On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 09:50:50 +1100
Andrew <akroiter at tpg.com.au> dijo:
>>>>> There is a LaTeX exit and LaTeX has table creation tools. I will
>>>>> experiment a bit.
>>>> I realized several months ago that tables could be created in a
>>>> render frame with LaTeX, and I started to try to learn enough
>>>> LaTeX to be able to do tables that way. But then I discovered
>>>> that render frames are rendered as raster images and I lost
On Sunday 13 February 2011 03:25:05 a.l.e wrote:
>>> render frames can be rendered as vectors... there's a checkbox for
>>> it in the pdf export dialog.
>On 14/02/2011, at 5:35 AM, John Culleton wrote:
>> Aand I would remind all and sundry that LaTeX is not the beginning
>> and likely not the end game for TeX. When time permits I will
>> describe table layout in the original Plain TeX, in TeXsis, and in
>> Context (several versions available.) I use the TeXsis flavor
>> because it is pretty simple.
>Maybe I'm wrong, but surely there are mailing lists or whatever for
>'TeX'. This is a Scribus list.
Scribus uses TeX and LaTeX in render frames.
>And wasn't this thread about someone joining the Scribus programming
Fine. Now you have a new thread.
Now back to render frames and LaTeX and tables.
1) Some time ago I asked here how one could edit the config file
for LaTeX so it would automatically display particular fonts in
the render frame drop-down box. According to the Scribus wiki
it can be done, but the instructions failed to state what the
config file was called or where to find it, let alone exactly
what syntax to use or add. I received no reply to the question,
so I ask it again. It is important to me if I am to make the
effort to learn how to do tables in a render frame, because I
must use a particular font for projects in linguistics. None of
the fonts that are available for TeX have all the glyphs that I
need. Using the drop-down box is much faster, more intuitive,
and less error-prone than adding syntax to the code.
2) Do I understand correctly that when you render a render frame
the frame is rendered as a bitmap, but then you can check the
box on the PDF export dialog window to render the frame as
vectors. Does Scribus then somehow convert the bitmap image to
vectors on the way to PDF? Or did I misunderstand this and the
render frame can be rendered directly as vectors from the
3) At one point I saw some instructions on the web for how to
create tables in LaTeX, and the code was rather daunting. Could
we have a simplified instruction set that would include *just
examples* of a couple dozen tables with the code required to
create each one? I am thinking that once I have the kinds of
table I usually want I can just create the render frames and
save them in the scrapbook, then drag them in as needed,
adjusting the values for the cells to whatever I need.
An even better solution would be to have some way to take
tabbed data from OOo and automagically create the LaTeX syntax
necessary to render the borders, fills, etc. Then I could
create the table in OOo, convert to text (which will create
tabbed data), then paste into the render frame.
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