[scribus] New for 1.6.0 - Tagged PDF to improve accessibility of PDFs?

Craig Bradney cbradney at scribus.info
Sun Sep 15 11:27:55 UTC 2013

On 15/09/13 12:33 PM, Peter Nermander wrote:
>> Let me also repeat that, as of now, Scribus's PDF output isn't primarily intended to create PDFs that will be published as electronic documents (the exception being PDF forms, and, in 1.5/1.6, 3D PDFS). Instead, Scribus creates "print-ready" PDFs, which serve as some kind of intermediate between the designer and the printer. The final "format" is the printed product.
> I think this part needs to be more emphasized: Scribus is not for
> creating PDF:s, it's for creating printed (paper) works.

This is entirely false. One of the prime strengths of Scribus's is PDF creation. It needs
improvements in many areas of PDF creation but print is not the only target.

> The PDF from Scribus is just a standardized way to transfer the to the
> printing company.

> So, anyone requesting PDF features need to ask themselves the
> question: Is that feature necessary for correct printing?
> Sure, in the future Scribus might be "The" PDF creation software for
> printing as well as other forms of PDF, but currently it isn't. And as
> long as Scribus can't handle complex scripts and things like that for
> printed works, those issues should get a bigger priority.
> Tagged PDFs are NOT a showstopper for printed works.

No they are not, but Scribus should support them, a long with non-Latin languages. One day.


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