[scribus] Updating styles from imported ODT document

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 26 13:15:10 UTC 2011

On 06/26/2011 07:19 AM, Meho R. wrote:
> I usually import text as "plain" and format it in Scribus, but today I
> tried importing it from (for a change) a very nicely structured ODT
> document, with styles applied consistently throughout the document.
> Import went OK, text looks OK (character styles are replaced with raw
> formatting prior to importing into Scribus, since character styles are
> lost in the process). But,
> 1. Although in Story Editor, left part of the window (as well as
> "Properties" palette outside SE) shows that correct paragraph styles are
> applied to correct lines of text, when I select a line (or click inside
> it), "No Style" is shown in the toolbar. I'm aware that Story Editor
> does have problems, so I guess that lack of sync between the style list
> on the left and the dropdown box in the toolbar is one of them. Not a
> big deal. Now, to point 2.
> 2. If I change any of imported styles in Scribus, all settings regarding
> spacing, indentation etc. (i.e., "Properties" tab in Style Manager), are
> applied correctly. However, any change in "Character" tab is ignored:
> font doesn't get changed, changing/applying another character style
> doesn't work, basically, nothing gets applied (funny thing is that, if I
> added a Drop Caps in "Properties" tab, changes in "Character" tab
> applies to it, but not to the rest of the text).
> 3. So, to make point 2 work, I have to *reapply* corresponding styles to
> every line/paragraph of text, which, BTW, automatically removes any
> custom formatting done in Libre/OpenOffice, meaning that I have to apply
> character styles to all custom italic and bold instances prior to
> reapplying paragraph styles, which, at the end, destroys the very
> purpose of the ability to import styles from ODT docs – one could import
> plain text, create necessary styles in Scribus and apply them, it's
> almost the same number of clicks. Is this normal behavior? Any workarounds?

I'll have to see what I can, and it may take some time to set this up.
Meanwhile, as long as fonts and styles are being applied properly, I 
wouldn't worry about labels.


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