Difference between revisions of "Date Setting by Script"

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As you can see, most of the script is to handle various errors, like not having a document open, not selecting a frame, not selecting a text frame, and so on.
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From Python, we are pulling in the ''date'' command from the ''datetime'' module, and from this <tt>date.today()</tt> generates today's date.

Revision as of 02:11, 21 September 2012

A small chore I have been having is to daily create a page which has a header including the date. This kind of thing might come up with someone making a newsletter or other periodical.

Here is something like I wanted my header to look:

Dateheader.png

To the left is a static title, then the date is displayed with a particular format, and there is a right tab to place the date properly in the frame. Top and Left distances bring the line of text in the middle of the frame. I thought it would be nice to just run a short script to update the date each time I made another, and such commands are avaiable in a standard Python distribution.

The script

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: utf-8  -*-
# header_date.py

try:
     import scribus
except ImportError:
     print "Unable to import the 'scribus' module. This script will only run within"
     print "the Python interpreter embedded in Scribus. Try Script->Execute Script."
     sys.exit(1)

from datetime import date

if not scribus.haveDoc():
     scribus.messageBox('Scribus - Script Error', "No document open", scribus.ICON_WARNING, scribus.BUTTON_OK)
     sys.exit(1)

if scribus.selectionCount() == 0:
     scribus.messageBox('Scribus - Script Error',
             "There is no object selected.\nPlease select a text frame and try again.",
             scribus.ICON_WARNING, scribus.BUTTON_OK)
     sys.exit(2)
if scribus.selectionCount() > 1:
     scribus.messageBox('Scribus - Script Error',
             "You have more than one object selected.\nPlease select one text frame and try again.",
             scribus.ICON_WARNING, scribus.BUTTON_OK)
     sys.exit(2)
textbox = scribus.getSelectedObject()
ftype = scribus.getObjectType(textbox)

if (ftype != "TextFrame"):
     scribus.messageBox('Scribus - Script Error', "This is not a textframe. Try again.", scribus.ICON_WARNING, scribus.BUTTON_OK)
     sys.exit(2)

scribus.deleteText(textbox)

today = date.today()
d = today.strftime("%A, %B %d, %Y")
headerstr = "Scribus Times & Gazette\t" + d
scribus.setText(headerstr, textbox)
scribus.setStyle("header", textbox)

As you can see, most of the script is to handle various errors, like not having a document open, not selecting a frame, not selecting a text frame, and so on.

From Python, we are pulling in the date command from the datetime module, and from this date.today() generates today's date.