[scribus] Freeze in Style editor.

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Wed Jul 13 15:45:57 UTC 2011

I call up Scribus 1.4.0 RC whatever from the command line.
In the style editor I create some paragraph styles. 

When I create a style named "Chapter" it jumps to the top 
of the paragraph style tree and the Default Paragraph style 
becomes subordinate to Chapter. This is improper. A   
default style cannot be subordinate to another style. I get 
a message to that effect in the terminal window from which 
I started Scribus. And Scribus hangs when I try to save it. 

The solution is of course to make sure that when creating a 
new paragraph style in the Style Menu a lower level 
paragraph is highlighted before hitting the "New " button. 

This is easy to avoid once you know the trick. It cost me 
two days work before I discovered it. But I suggest that if 
the Style Menu were initialized with the highlighting on 
e.g., Default Paragraph then all new paragraph styles would 
automatically be subordinate to Default Paragraph and the 
problem would never occur. Actually having a hierarchy of 
paragraph styles at all is probably a nice-to-have rather 
than a got-to-have. A simple one level list would suffice. 
But will probably lose that argument.  

While I am on my high horse let me suggest another 
improvement to the Style Menu. The list of choices are

I suspect that the paragraph choice is used 98% of the 
time. So it should be the first choice, not the last.
John Culleton

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