Scribus XML using Scripter

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One of the issues that very quickly was noticeable with using a modified SLA file as in Scribus files as XML was the realization that PAGEOBJECTS in an SLA file are appended at the end of the file as they are created. There is an attribute, OwnPage, that tells which page the object is placed on. Even though there might be a trend to add objects in sequence with the pages, it isn't unusual sometime near the end of the layout process to add something up front. This can be overcome (most likely), but requires a lot more logic in the XSL file.

Scripter, of course has a LOT of access to document and object information, thus this idea was born.

This is a work-in-progress, so expect it to change as new features are added.

#!/usr/bin/env python
# File: - Extracts the content from a document, saving to an xml file
# 2013.10.29 Gregory Pittman
# 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 = []
    content = []
    T.append('<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>\n')
    T.append('<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="scribus.xsl"?>\n')
    T.append('<version>Scribus ' + str(scribus.scribus_version_info[0]) + '.' + str(scribus.scribus_version_info[1]) + '.' + str(scribus.scribus_version_info[2]) + str(scribus.scribus_version_info[3]) + '</version>\n')
    while (page <= pagenum):
        pagesize = scribus.getPageSize()
        d = scribus.getPageItems()
        strpage = str(page)
        T.append('<page number="'+ strpage + '">\n')
        for item in d:
            if (item[1] == 4):
                filtered = '<para>'
                contents = scribus.getAllText(item[0])
                if (contents in content):
                    contents = ''
                    for char in contents:
                        if (ord(char) == 28):
                            char = ' '
                        elif (ord(char) == 27):
                            char = chr(10)
                        elif (ord(char) == 38):
                            char = '&'
                        elif ((ord(char) == 13) or (ord(char) == 10)):
                            char = "</para><para>"
                        filtered = filtered + char
                    contents = filtered
                T.append('<object type="text">' + contents + '</para>\n')
            elif (item[1] == 2):
                imgname = scribus.getImageFile(item[0])
                imgsize = scribus.getSize(item[0])
                picwidth = int(700 * imgsize[0]/pagesize[0])
                T.append('<object type="image" width="' + str(picwidth) + 'px" source="' + imgname + '">' + imgname + '</object>\n')
        page += 1
    output_file = open(textfile,'w')
    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 (*.xml);;All Files (*)')
        if textfile == '':
            raise Exception
    except Exception, e:
        print e

    scribus.messageBox('Export Error', 'You need a Document open, and a frame selected.', \
                       icon=0, button1=1)

The starting point was to generate pseudopages (this is all just one big webpage) by using the


tags to map out a space. By using page dimensions, a proportionally-sized area could be made, with the plan to have additional tables inside for objects.

Some initial issues