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Topic: Re: Dynamically creating pdf files from web forms.
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 56950
From: kt
Date: 5/29/2002 05:22 PM

Creating PDF dynamically (on the server) can be done from compiled C, but
that's probably not the easiest way to go. If you're already a C
programmer, that's one thing. But if not, you won't want to become one just
so you can do a bit of dynamic PDF now and then.

The fastest way I know of to get started in dynamic PDF is to use Perl
scripts on a server that supports Perl-based CGI. You do have to spend some
time learning Perl first, but that's a far cry from learning C, then
learning how to use an "Integrated Development Environment", then learning
the API for a 3rd-party PDF library, etc. If you already know a modicum of
Perl, some resources that can get you started in doing dynamic PDF can be
found at:

The links there take you to some tutorials that begin at a very basic level
then build in difficulty to where (after around the 9th tutorial) you're
experimenting with type justification using low-level PDF page operators.
Plenty of Perl examples (complete code listings) are strewn throughout. The
code shows how to write basic PDF text files without using any 3rd-party

Kas Thomas


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