[scribus] a new ebook

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Mon Jun 11 13:03:35 UTC 2012

On 06/11/2012 08:25 AM, Peter Nermander wrote:
>> It's called single source methodology :) Typeset once, read everywhere.
> Isn't that what DocBook and SGML would do 5-10 years ago?
> Since Scribus is a page layout software I can not see why Scribus
> would be the right tool to adopt the layout for different forms of
> media...

I think an argument for this could go something like this...

Since Scribus requires the most precise positioning, sizing, and so on
of an arrangement of text, images, and graphics, it would make some
sense to start with Scribus, then, depending on other sorts of output,
there would be some rules for loosening up the precise placement of
objects, based on the type of format or device that the end product is
intended for.

For example, there is no sense in trying to very carefully arrange the
elements for an ebook, since you can't predict the various settings that
the reader will have on his device.

If you started with an ebook, then wanted to convert to a nice layout
such as Scribus can create, there are so many parameters to consider
that this could not be some kind of automated process.


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