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Rationale
 
Rationale
 
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I often wanted to have a tool that allows complicated layouts but still
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I often wanted to have a tool that allows complicated layouts but is still
is easy to use. This is exactly what scribus does. However for scientific
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easy to use. This is exactly what Scribus does. However, for scientific
papers it lacks one main capability: Formulas. So I want to add these
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papers it lacks one main capability: Formulas. So I want to add this feature
 
as my summer of code project. Interest in this improvement is expressed
 
as my summer of code project. Interest in this improvement is expressed
 
by many people in the bug tracker [1][2], by Debian users [3] and it's  
 
by many people in the bug tracker [1][2], by Debian users [3] and it's  
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Overview
 
Overview
 
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The goal of this project is to add an easy-to-use math support to scribus.
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The goal of this project is to add an easy-to-use math support to Scribus.
As the task of writing a complete math typesetter is too large for SOC a  
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As the task of writing a complete math typesetter is too large for SOC, a  
 
different approach is used. It is inspired by the Quark XPress(tm) plugin  
 
different approach is used. It is inspired by the Quark XPress(tm) plugin  
 
MATHSETTER [5]:
 
MATHSETTER [5]:
  
 
o Let the user enter LaTeX source either directly or more user friendly
 
o Let the user enter LaTeX source either directly or more user friendly
   via an graphical editor
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   via an graphical editor.
o Apply a LaTeX template on this so the user only has to type the formula
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o Apply a LaTeX template on this, so the user only has to type the formula
 
   and not a whole TeX document.
 
   and not a whole TeX document.
 
o Run LaTeX on this source.
 
o Run LaTeX on this source.
 
o Display LaTeX's output in a frame while still keeping the  
 
o Display LaTeX's output in a frame while still keeping the  
   (LaTeX-)formula as a property so the whole things stays editable.
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   (LaTeX-)formula as a property, so the whole thing stays editable.
  
 
Use cases  
 
Use cases  
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   It is very hard (if not even impossible) to create good-looking posters
 
   It is very hard (if not even impossible) to create good-looking posters
 
   with LaTeX but it's easy to add formulas to LaTeX documents. On the other
 
   with LaTeX but it's easy to add formulas to LaTeX documents. On the other
   hand it's very easy to create good posters with scribus but a complicated
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   hand it's very easy to create good posters with Scribus but a complicated
 
   process is necessary to add just a single formula. The ability to use LaTeX  
 
   process is necessary to add just a single formula. The ability to use LaTeX  
   for typesetting the formula and the post-processing it in scribus (easily
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   for typesetting the formula and then post-processing it in Scribus (easily
   possible, after all it's just a vector graphic from scribus' point of view)
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   possible, after all it's just a vector graphic from Scribus' point of view)
 
   would greatly simplify this.  
 
   would greatly simplify this.  
  
 
o Math/Physics teachers  
 
o Math/Physics teachers  
   At school I've seen a lot of teachers that created their tests with Microsoft
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   At school I've seen a lot of teachers who created their tests with Microsoft
 
   Word and relying on its formula editor or even on basic text formatting
 
   Word and relying on its formula editor or even on basic text formatting
 
   (sub-/superscript) and adding any "complicated" math symbols (vectors,
 
   (sub-/superscript) and adding any "complicated" math symbols (vectors,
 
   integrals, etc.) by hand in the printout. Obviously the full power of
 
   integrals, etc.) by hand in the printout. Obviously the full power of
   latex is something they are unwilling to learn (and it is probably not  
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   LaTeX is something they are unwilling to learn (and it is probably not  
 
   required for them). So I believe they would be happy to have a WYSIWYG
 
   required for them). So I believe they would be happy to have a WYSIWYG
 
   tool that supports embedded formulas.
 
   tool that supports embedded formulas.
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o Math support
 
o Math support
o integrating an external GUI editor
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o Integrating an external GUI editor
 
o Python bindings
 
o Python bindings
 
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Revision as of 23:26, 20 March 2007

Rationale
---------
I often wanted to have a tool that allows complicated layouts but is still
easy to use. This is exactly what Scribus does. However, for scientific
papers it lacks one main capability: Formulas. So I want to add this feature
as my summer of code project. Interest in this improvement is expressed
by many people in the bug tracker [1][2], by Debian users [3] and it's 
also in the projects roadmap [4].


Overview
--------
The goal of this project is to add an easy-to-use math support to Scribus.
As the task of writing a complete math typesetter is too large for SOC, a 
different approach is used. It is inspired by the Quark XPress(tm) plugin 
MATHSETTER [5]:

o Let the user enter LaTeX source either directly or more user friendly
  via an graphical editor.
o Apply a LaTeX template on this, so the user only has to type the formula
  and not a whole TeX document.
o Run LaTeX on this source.
o Display LaTeX's output in a frame while still keeping the 
  (LaTeX-)formula as a property, so the whole thing stays editable.

Use cases 
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o Scientific posters 
  It is very hard (if not even impossible) to create good-looking posters
  with LaTeX but it's easy to add formulas to LaTeX documents. On the other
  hand it's very easy to create good posters with Scribus but a complicated
  process is necessary to add just a single formula. The ability to use LaTeX 
  for typesetting the formula and then post-processing it in Scribus (easily
  possible, after all it's just a vector graphic from Scribus' point of view)
  would greatly simplify this. 

o Math/Physics teachers 
  At school I've seen a lot of teachers who created their tests with Microsoft
  Word and relying on its formula editor or even on basic text formatting
  (sub-/superscript) and adding any "complicated" math symbols (vectors,
  integrals, etc.) by hand in the printout. Obviously the full power of
  LaTeX is something they are unwilling to learn (and it is probably not 
  required for them). So I believe they would be happy to have a WYSIWYG
  tool that supports embedded formulas.

Deliverables
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o Math support
o Integrating an external GUI editor
o Python bindings