[scribus] LGM 2013 Lightning Talk Slides

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Wed Apr 24 02:16:15 UTC 2013

On 04/23/2013 09:30 PM, Alexandre Prokoudine wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 1:08 AM, Louis Desjardins wrote:
>> It’s well worth digging. ePubs are inescapable. It might be that in fact we
>> start with the ePub and finish with the print. The conversion sheme would
>> be from CSS to Stylesheets.
>> I am curious to hear others about that!
> Create the next Scribus's file format as a superset of HTML5, CSS and SVG?
> Manuel is absolutely right about huge overlap between features of SLA
> and CSS. And fixed layout in CSS is not such a big deal, see e.g.
> http://www.bisg.org/publications/product.php?p=28&c=437.
It's going to be important for Scribus to stick to its areas of 
strength. We can expect a continuing onslaught of ePub-making programs 
which promise export to PDF, in a sense risking a marginalization or 
trivialization of Scribus. An important area of strength will be 
continuing to care about quality typography, and design as well.

It's hard to imagine ebooks being considered great works of either 
typography or design, especially considering their device-dependence and 
malleability.* So if you begin with CSS, at some point the demands of 
high quality typography have to be met. There are, certainly, some great 
efforts and interesting developments with web fonts.


*It's interesting to see, for example, the variance in appearance of the 
book from bisg.org, as viewed in calibre, sigil, an ebook reader, and 
Adobe Reader (the PDF version). The only thing that looks the same is 
the cover.

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