Wed Mar 12 22:13:45 CET 2003
> ErlGuten is now available at
> ErlGuten aims to produce typographic quality PDF from XML or
> a Erlang program.
> The release includes a library pdf.erl which can be used to create
> PDF directly from an ERlang program.
Good timing too. A prospective client wants me to write some custom
job costing software - I want to do this project in Erlang, but was
worried that I'd have to resort to Visual Basic to fulfill his
requirement for high-quality printed reports under Windows.
I considered generating HTML, as I've used it in another project where
I had to produce something printable and non-ugly, but there are two
1) HTML wasn't designed to be printed (no page breaks etc)
2) No automation (user must open HTML in browser and select 'Print')
Erlguten (or just pdf.erl) definately solves #1.
#2 can't be that hard - what would be most excellent would be able to
say something like pdf:print(Document, PrinterName) and have this work
in a platform-independent way.
Under unix it should be easy (I think?) if the spool is properly set up
to recognize PDF. Under Windows, it might be a bit hellish...
Although, hmmm! I just discovered that I can shell "acroread.exe /p
filename.pdf" and have it pop up a 'Print' dialog box - clicking 'OK'
sends it to the default printer - definately good enough for now.
Thank you, Joe. I feel I owe you more than a few beer :)
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