How to create a colour border in Inkscape?
I am making a poster with Inkscape (version 0.9.1 Ubuntu). I would like to make a simple border with a specific colour and width.
What I have done previously in other applications such as LibreOffice Draw is to create an object as a group of rectangles which reproduces the border. I would prefer to edit the page properties instead of add objects to the page.
The only way I can think to do this right now is to add a base layer to the page, group four rectangles onto it in the shape of the border and then add transparent layers to that. I would like to avoid this though.
The SVG standard does not have a concept of a "page" border like other programs you mentioned. The only way to do this with an SVG--and thus Inkscape--is to draw a rectangle for your border. Drawing a separate shape in Libreoffice instead of using a style's border settings would be bad practice--in SVG, it is not.
You can use the snapping feature in Inkscape to snap the cursor to the corners of objects (or the page itself) to make it easier to get the border in the correct spot. This site is not for tutorials on learning to use software though. Take a look at this tutorial from the Inkscape website for basic information on drawing.
Generally, when I want a border around something, I work on all the objects in that area, draw the border, and then group them together with Ctrl+G so they can be moved around.