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Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: Two simple writer annoyances


On 1 May 2011 00:05, plino <pedlino@gmail.com> wrote:

@Ian

Over 20 years ago I used Impression Publisher and it could rotate
graphics

You are confusing programs: a Word Processor (such as LibreOffice Writer)
is
not a Desktop Publishing software.


Impression Publisher was a document processor. It was perfectly possible to
write a simple letter or publish a magazine with it. Mostly the reasons for
the separation of WP and DTP were limitations of the technologies that made
DTP much more expensive because it was graphically based whereas WP was
character based. That was 30 years ago, everything is graphically based now
so no need for a distinction. There really should be no need to make what is
an artificial distinction these days. Is this book I published WP or DTP?
http://www.lulu.com/browse/search.php?fListingClass=0&fSearch=Tales+from+the+Microcosm.
or
http://www.lulu.com/browse/search.php?fListingClass=0&fSearch=International+grades&fSubmitSearch=Go&showingSubPanels=&fSort=relevance_desc

I suggest that you use the FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) Desktop
Publisher named Scribus


No practical need. In fact Scribus, as far as I know, is at least partly
inspired by Impression. We do use it for a newsletter production but the
fact is it would be simpler to just use Inkscape for that. Really the ideal
application design would be a modular system a bit like Drupal or Firefox
plugins where you installed modules in a framework for basic text
processing,  graphics handling etc as needed. The equivalent of Impression
Publisher these days would be just a "Publisher" that could be configured in
a modular way to do text editing, web publishing, WP, DTP etc by adding open
standards compliant modules that communicated in a standard way between each
other but could be implemented independently of each other. Then contributed
modules would be easier to write and easier to maintain or configure in a
devolved way.  If someone modified an element of the modular structure it
could be simply plugged in as a replacement.

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