[scribus] designing instructional posters on code/programming -- lots of syntax highlighting

Lars Behrens lars.behrens at kit.edu
Fri Jan 6 19:51:27 UTC 2017

Am 06.01.2017 um 15:56 schrieb Gregory Pittman:

> Maybe you might explain the process so that we might have something on
> the wiki about this. Having done a few things with Render frames, I know

Yes, sure.  Glad if I can help.

Short instruction:

As I am no LaTeX hero myself, I just did an internet search "latex
syntax highlighting" which made me find this page:


from there I copied the basics into a render frame and that just worked
(the given color names didn't work for me, so I changed them).

Step by step instruction:

*** Display highlighted code with a render frame in Scribus

- Prerequisites: Of course you need LaTeX installed, plus the
"listings"-package which may or may not be in your default LaTeX
installation, depending on your environment. A pdf file with detailed
documentation "listings.pdf" should be available in your LaTeX
documentation directory when you have the package on board (e.g.
/usr/share/doc/texlive-doc/latex/listings/ in Ubuntu).

- In Scribus insert a render frame (shortcut "D")

- Right-click on the frame and choose "Edit Source"

- On the "Fonts/Headers" tab insert the following in the "Additional
Headers" text field on the right:

\lstset{ %
backgroundcolor=\color{white},  % choose the background color
basicstyle=\footnotesize,       % size of fonts used for the code
breaklines=true,               % automatic line breaking only whitespace
captionpos=b,                   % sets the caption-position to bottom
commentstyle=\color{green},     % comment style
escapeinside={\%*}{*)},      % if you want to add LaTeX within your code
keywordstyle=\color{blue},      % keyword style
stringstyle=\color{red},        % string literal style

The variables in the lstset section define how your source code examples
will be displayed, find details in the mentioned doc file "listings.pdf".

- Remove the example text in the code field on the left

- Now you can insert your code examples in the text field on the left.
Make sure that you choose the right language in the "[language=XXX]"
tag. A short example in Java:

class HelloWorldApp {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        System.out.println("Hello World!"); // Display the string.
        for (int i = 0; i < 100; ++i) {

As you can see, basically you just have to surround your code example with


- by clicking the "Update" button at the bottom of the render frame
dialog you can check if your code is rendered correctly

- make sure to click "Ok" when your done inserting your example code,
otherwise your input might get lost

- you can edit your code at any time by right clicking the render frame
again and clicking "Edit Source"

- if you need more render frames just copy an existing one and edit it,
so that you won't have to go through the process of inserting the header
lines again.

Examples mainly with the help of this page:

Hope that is helpfull and understandable, as English is not my mother


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