[RndTbl] Page Layout

Dan Martin ummar143 at cc.umanitoba.ca
Wed Jan 31 09:06:25 CST 2007

Thanks Sean!

Since pdf has an open specification, I will likely use it.  I normally 
use C++, but I did recently use perl to parse printed patient info, 
because of its pattern capabilities.  I used a perl library to create 
XML patient files, the idea being that I could access these from Java or 
C++, but if there is a handy perl library for pdf, I might just stick 
with perl.


Sean Walberg wrote:

> On 1/30/07, *Dan Martin* <ummar143 at cc.umanitoba.ca 
> <mailto:ummar143 at cc.umanitoba.ca>> wrote:
>     The display could be done with XHTML.  The printed forms could be done
>     using LaTeX commands, but I imagine it would be painful to program.  I
>     could learn postscript.  I assume Acrobat's pdf is proprietary and
>     cannot be used.  I have heard of an XML based page layout
>     language, and
>     such a solution would lend itself to an XSLT transformation.
> PDF is a published  specification, there are several good perl and php 
> libraries for working with it (I recall reading that Adobe is seeking 
> standards approval for it, too).  I'd recommend against PostScript, 
> while it is fun (especially if you had an HP-48 calculator at some 
> point) it's a pain if you want to get away from text and line art, not 
> to mention worrying about what each individual printer (or driver) is 
> going to do to your output.
> Two other ideas would be GD and ImageMagick.  Both generate an image 
> and offer libraries for php and perl.
> Sean
> -- 
> Sean Walberg < sean at ertw.com <mailto:sean at ertw.com>>    http://ertw.com/ 


Dr. Dan Martin, MD, CCFP, BSc, BCSc (Hon)

GP Hospital Practitioner
Computer Science grad student
ummar143 at cc.umanitoba.ca
(204) 831-1746
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