GSOC 2014 Ideas

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This is the place for ideas regarding GSOC 2014. They have been sorted by difficulty:

  • Simple means that choosing one idea won't be enough, and an applicant needs to tackle at least three of those to be considered.
  • In the category Medium at least two ideas must become part of a potential GSOC project.
  • Picking up an idea from the High category could be enough to qualify, although it may be necessary to add an idea from Simple.
  • Demanding will be definitively enough for a single project, but applicants need to prove their skills before they can be considered.
  • Unknown is a category which will take some investigation to decide its difficulty, and also means that it can be reassigned once this is determined.


  • Fix bugs in existing import filters.
  • CVS importer for Scribus tables.


  • Rewrite/update the SXD and ODG importers.
  • Rewrite/update the SXW and ODT importers.
  • Update the Text Filter code to reflect the new features of Scribus.
  • Create ODT export filter for formatted text.
  • Clean up the UI of the Picture Browser and add tooltips.
  • Improve the Table functionalities.


  • Create RTF import and export filters (formatted Text only).
  • Update/improve the existing export filters for SVG and EPS and integrate them with PDF into a single export dialog.
  • Debug style management during page import and copy and paste from one doc to another


  • XPS/OXPS exporters.
  • PDF/A and PDF/X-5 exporter.
  • Create import filters for SXC and ODS spreadsheet files.
  • Create import filter for XLS and XLSX spreadsheet files.
  • Add support for advanced typographic functions for European languages (e.g. user-defined kerning tables), including automatic OTF features.
  • Add support for Arabic and Hebrew typesetting, including bidrectional text.
  • Add support for CJK typesetting.
  • Rewrite the Story Editor.
  • Colour-managed bitmap export (including spot colours).
  • Rewrite the styles structures and the styles management.


  • Finally finish the IDXML importer. With many people looking for alternatives to InDesign, we miss an opportunity to catch them with this.