[scribus] Creating multi- page magazine

john Culleton John at wexfordpress.com
Mon Oct 8 14:17:39 UTC 2012

On Fri, 5 Oct 2012 17:49:00 +0200
"a.l.e" <ale.comp_06 at xox.ch> wrote:

> hi
> > >On Fri, October 5, 2012 01:26, Peter Nermander wrote:
> > >> So, what I objected against was that using a text editor some way
> > >> would be the optimal way to handle text that should be imported
> > >> into Scribus.
> > >>
> > >> Writing directly in Scribus however is usually not the best way.
> > >> What I personally would like to see is something in the line of a
> > >> stand alone version of the Story Editor, or something like LyX,
> > >> where text could be created and be easily marked up with a
> > >> limited set of markup. I think that being able to apply named
> > >> paragraph and character styles to the text would be sufficient.
> > >> The editor could have options to change the visual appearance of
> > >> the styles, but when importing into Scribus only the names of
> > >> the styles would be used.
> > 
> > >It would be worth considering an enhanced editor, something of an
> > >intermediary between Scribus and, say LibreOffice, which could push
> > >the formatted text in either direction, so that it could be further
> > >edited in either Scribus or LibreOffice.
> > >
> > >Sounds like an idea for a new standalone project. :-)   :-O
> > 
> > It seems to me that the efforts would be better spent on improving
> > the Open/LibreOffice import filters. Why reinvent the wheel?
> my goal in working with it, is to be able to have a roundtrip between
> scirbus, external editor and back to scribus.
An awkward path would be edit in an editor, using pdftex or
luatex tags, compile and print in a TeX variant, import the pages
as pdf, compile in Scribus, and then edit the original file to
correct or add text. 

I note that with a certain amount of work the commonest TeX tags
like \chapter and \section can be replicated as Scribus tags.
However there is the TeX convention of enclosing the text
affected by a tag in {} to deal with. 

I don't use word processors for text entry because they try to do
too much, such as adding page breaks and trying to justify
paragraphs. We could however expand the TeX render facility to
use Scribus fonts. That way we could enter all text in Scribus through the
render facility. Instead of the more complicated LaTeX variant
one of the plain TeX variants would be easier to work with. (Lyx
is a front end to LaTeX so that leads us nowhere.)

Alternatively we could incorporate two features of TeX,
paragraph making and hyphenation, into Scribus code. After all,
that is what the creators of InDesign did. That is ultimately the
solution I would prefer.            

John Culleton
Wexford Press
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