[scribus] epub from sla? or Scribus versus Lyx
john at wexfordpress.com
Thu Jun 23 16:00:51 UTC 2011
On Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:24:25 am Rob Oakes wrote:
> If you want to create both ePub and PDF from a single
source document, you
> should probably be using LyX. It gives you the ability to
create both PDF
> and XHTML (including Math export), which is the basis of
ePub. (We are
> also at work for formal support for ePub, which will
hopefully be complete
> for the next version.)
> While the XHTML export right now is pretty good. It
supports figures, the
> index, tables, captions, and most of the other goodies
associated with a
> complex technical book. (Even math, which can be exported
as MathML or as
> images, depending on which platform you're targeting.) It
> though, and you will need to do some manual cleanup
before submitting it
> to the Kindle, Nook, or iBooks stores.
> Case in point: handling of footnotes is poor. (No
> handles these well.) The ePub specification calls for
footnotes to be
> converted to EndNotes and then be connected via
> most writing program try to deal with them as footnotes,
> causes a mess.
> But while XHTML is a step closer, it still isn't ePub.
> exported your XHTML, you still have to use Sigil or
another ePub editing
> program to format, validate, and fine-tune the final
document. Even so,
> LyX is still very capable for creating electronic books
(or at least
> XHTML). The biggest weakness -- which also applies to
Sigil -- is that you
> have to create your own CSS sheet for styling.
> I know that there has been some talk about supporting
eBooks in Scribus
> (which would be very nice) but I think there is another
role that is
> needed more urgently: that of a visual CSS editor. LyX
already meets most
> of my demands for generating XHTML/XML. If I could make
use of Scribus to
> visually generate a CSS stylesheet, that would plug a
serious hole in my
> workflow. It would also provide open source publishers
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There are several excellent open source html/css editors
such as Amaya, Bluefish and Quanta++. But that is not
Scribus' role. And if Lyx exports Xhtml that is still a
long way from an Epub or Kindle ready file. Those tables
etc. just won't transfer. That is the big problem with Epub
and Kindle. They won't even handle the full array of html
I would not favor resources being diverted from the main
mission of Scribus, print documents, to attacking another
market entirely. And if I were editing text for e.g.,
eventual use in a Kindle or Epub file I certainly would not
use Scribus but would use Gvim instead. It offers syntax
highlighting for a variety of formats including html.
For long documents I type in something else and flow text
into Scribus. As a text editor it is not the most handy
program. Maybe 1.5.0 will be better but the current version
is not as capable as older versions, as has been pointed
out multiple times by yours truly and others.
I do keep a Slackware 12.2 partition alive just so I can
use Quanta++ which unfortunately fell off the KDE distro
when KDE switched to the Qt4 libraries. It is IMO the best
html/xhtml editor. It also has css facilities.
There are horses for courses, as my father used to say.
"Death Wore Black" Police procedural:
"Create Book Covers with Scribus"
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