Creating a TOC with Scripter

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While working on some documentation for generating a TOC in something of an automatic way with Scribus, it seemed to me that this seems rather complex, and I wondered if there might be a better way to do this with Scripter.

I had already written a script that could analyze the content of a document and extract text and filenames of the images in the file, page by page. What follows is a modification of that script for creating a table of contents.

To use this script, although it's not a requirement, it is useful to rename the frames to something useful in a TOC. One problem with this is that you will find that, at least when you edit the frame name, you cannot have spaces, so instead of First Article we'll use First_Article, substituting an underline for the space – don't worry, we take care of that in the script.

createTOC.py

#!/usr/bin/env python
# File: createTOC.py - Creates a Table of Contents from text
# and image frames, using frame names as the reference
# This version 2011.08.06
# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
# (at your option) any later version.

import scribus

def exportText(textfile):
    page = 1
    pagenum = scribus.pageCount()
    T = []
    while (page <= pagenum):
        scribus.gotoPage(page)
        d = scribus.getPageItems()
        strpage = str(page)
        for item in d:
            if (item[1] == 4):
                rawname = item[0]
                newname = rawname.replace('_',' ')
                T.append(newname + '\t'+ strpage + '\n')
            elif (item[1] == 2):
                rawname = item[0]
                newname = rawname.replace('_',' ')   # where we switch underline to space
                T.append(newname + ' (image)' + '\t' + strpage + '\n')
        page += 1
    output_file = open(textfile,'w')
    output_file.writelines(T)
    output_file.close()
    endmessage = textfile + ' was created'
    scribus.messageBox("Finished", endmessage,icon=0,button1=1)
if scribus.haveDoc():
    textfile = scribus.fileDialog('Enter name of file to save to', filter='Text Files (*.txt);;All Files (*)')
    try:
        if textfile == '':
            raise Exception
        if (textfile[-4:] != '.txt'):
            textfile = textfile + '.txt'
        exportText(textfile)
    except Exception, e:
        print e
else:
    scribus.messageBox('Export Error', 'You need a Document open, and a frame selected.', icon=0, button1=1)

Using the Script