[scribus] Too many styles show up when I Edit | Styles & other issues with styles

Gary Dale gary at extremeground.com
Fri Nov 4 17:48:13 UTC 2022

I'm running Debian/Bookworm on an AMD64 system. Scribus is v1.5.8.

I am having a lot of problems with styles. You can see the basic problem 
in the attached image which is a screenshot of Edit | Style window. I 
apparently have multiple "Default Paragraph Style"s, for example. This 
survives shutting down Scribus and restarting, as well as rebooting. 
Moreover I can't get rid of them without deleting the style, which would 
require me to replace it with something else - the extra copies don't 
show up in the "replace style with: dialogue so I can't replace the 
deleted style with the real one.

To see what was going on, I opened my document in Kate and searched for 
the style definition line. It only appears once but in this particular 
case, I also found a "Default Paragraph Style (2)" definition that 
doesn't show up in the list of styles.

For the "Bullet List Paragraph Style", which also appears 3 times, there 
was just the single definition line. The bullet list definition is a 3mm 
indent with a first line indent of -3mm. In Kate this shows up as:

         <STYLE NAME="Bullet List Paragraph Style" PARENT="Default 
Paragraph Style" INDENT="8.50393700787402" FIRST="-8.50393700787402" 

However some of my bullet lists show the correct indents while others 
seem to ignore them. I traced this down to flowing text around a picture 
frame (pushing the left margin to the right of the picture). When this 
happens, Scribus (incorrectly in my opinion) ignores the indents. I 
suggest that the better behaviour is for Scribus to apply the indent 
rules after wrapping the text, so that the first bit of text in a line 
gets the first line indent while the subsequent lines get the default 

Finally, when I import a page or copy a section of a different document 
into a document, it pulls in all of the styles from the source document 
and not just the ones used in that page/section. This leaves me with a 
lot of extra styles that I have to delete. Scribus doesn't even check to 
see if styles with the same name have the same definition - it simply 
renames the imported style and uses it.

I believe it would be better to ask the user about conflicting names 
when they actually occur in in the parts being imported rather than 
simply assuming that we want to other document's styles. However, even 
discarding the source document's styles when they conflict seems better 
than duplicating them. Maybe is just my use case, but I think its more 
likely that the destination document's styles are likely to be the same 
or updated versions of the styles from the source document.

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