Import Full Formated Text

Thomas J McGrath III 3mcgrath at adelphia.net
Thu Nov 20 10:07:46 CST 2003


Michael,

This is a very clear breakdown of the issues for me. If the ability was 
in REV for these formatting needs then it would also be able to set up 
the importing of text docs with these formats in them. I think maybe a 
core set of text manipulation formats would help some one like me make 
full use of rev in the types of projects I build.

My wish list to add to REVs built in formatting would be:
Base Line shift
Line spacing
Paragraph Spacing (Before/After)
Kerning
Line by Line text alignment (Left, RIght, Center, Justify) (This is 
available in the Content Pane BUT does not come in when importing)
Line Tabs (when imported and in Property Insp Content field)

Line Numbering (Auto)
Bullets (Auto)
Column Support (Not in a Table)

Thanks,

Tom

On Nov 19, 2003, at 11:03 PM, Michael Young wrote:

>>> So, when you are creating an interactive project or whatever you are
>>> saying that most people have been content to just start from scratch
>>> with the text formatting?
>>> I mean what do you have but Graphics, Movies, Sound and TEXT for
>>> importing into REV.
>>> Graphic, Movies and Sound have importing capabilities.
>>> Why not text? And why has that not been a high priority for most 
>>> people?
>>> 	I just feel like I missing something if no one else sees this
>>> as a little bit important to an applications fundamental abilities,
>>> that's all. I don't think it should matter how big or small a
>>> company is but rather what they do and how they do it that matters.
>>>
>>> Ah, what do I know anyway.
>>> Tom
>>
>> Tom - perhaps if you set some simple guidelines for the content
>> writers so that they are able to produce documents in a form that are
>> immediately readable by Rev. Rev will import rtf and html files with
>> a reasonable amount of formatting intact. If on top of this you were
>> to import tables saved separately from the body of your documents as
>> tab-delimited files then you might be well on your way.
>>
>> If however you have no control over the form in which documents are
>> delivered to you then you may have to edit them (a little or a lot)
>> before they are in a fit shape to be imported by Rev. This 'problem'
>> isn't peculiar to Rev by the way. Try opening a Word document in
>> PowerPoint and see what happens - I can guarantee you'll be 'amazed'
>> with the results!
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Terry...
>>
>
> Tom and others,
>
> I have found this discussion interesting since I had a recent project
> that I plugged the plug on because Rev word processing could not handle
> it. While I appreciate the points Tom and others have made, I would 
> like
> to reinforce, as others have done to some extent, that there are really
> two issues here.
>
> Issue one is Rev importing and exporting in various file formats. It is
> completely and utterly unrealistic for the Rev makers to support every
> text related file format. However, it not unrealistic to expect that a
> few text based file formats should be fully supported. HTML/XML, RTF,
> and PDF would be good choices for relatively open standards. (I 
> consider
> PDF relatively open because there are many programs that create PDF and
> even some that turn PDF into other things like PDF to Word
> http://www.scansoft.com/pdfconverter/ . PDF appears to have long term
> viablility.)
>
> Issue two is Rev word processor capabilities. It is again completely
> and utterly unrealistic for the Rev makers to develop a full word
> processor to rival Word. It is not unrealistic to expect that some
> limited word processing capabilities, which would need to be
> determined, should be either readily accessible with Rev off the
> shelf or easily programmable. After all the word processor is often
> used as a standard beginner project for programming languages/packages.
> Headers, footers, automatic page numbering, line justification, spell
> checking etc. might be some of the expected word processor 
> capabilities.
> The question really becomes how much should Rev makers do for us vs.
> how many hooks should they leave the developers to produce their own
> word processors.
>
> Both issues are important to me, but I am not sure they are important 
> to
> to the current Rev developer community at large if the responses to Tom
> are any kind of sample.
>
> Later,
>
> Michael
> myoung at ieee.org
>
>
>
>
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