[scribus] a new ebook

Alexandre Prokoudine alexandre.prokoudine at gmail.com
Mon Jun 11 18:56:00 UTC 2012

On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM, 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...

In an ideal world it woudn't. In the real world you often have no choice.

Consider a typical full-color magazine. Text in handed over in DOC or
the like, gets imported into text frames etc.

Usually some editing is required -- either removing or adding bits of
text so that everything fits perfectly. This is done in a DTP app

Then all pages are printed with all the crop marks and handed over to
a proofreader. If changes are required, they are made in a DTP app

As soon as everything's OK, the proofreader signs the printed copies,
and those go to archive, while PS/PDF files go to press bureau.

See? The changes never even get backported to DOC or whatever it
originally was. Hence DTP apps are what now often produces ePub and

Alexandre Prokoudine

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