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Topic: Re: Extracts from PDF-files with dynamically set field
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 57055
From: LeonardR
Date: 5/29/2002 05:23 PM

At 05:45 AM 6/11/2001 -0400, p-pdf-developer Listmanager wrote:
>A more detailed explanation: I want the superusers/site-admins to be able
>to define ONE PDF document containing several paragraphs. The end users
>will use a web site that we are currently constructing, and depending on
>the information they enter, a PDF-document should be generated using only
>those paragraphs from the PDF document that are relevant for them. Right
>now I'm not sure how I should approach this so I'd appreciate any pointers
>to relevant APIs, software tools and skill sets required for the PDF side.
>Is it feasible to use one main PDF document and extract subsets from it to
>generate a new PDF document? Is it feasible to dynamically replace fields
>in the merged document with information specific for each user?
A better solution would be to keep all of the original/source
material in a database along with styling information - and then based on
the user input, do dynamic document construction. The reason for this
approach is better is that PDF is a great "final form" document, but a
not-so-good "intermediate form" document. Use tools/technology that are
designed for structured data storage (eg. XML) to maintain your information
and then publish "on demand".


Leonard Rosenthol
Director of Software Development (215) 922-3509 (voice)
Appligent, Inc. (formerly Digital Applications) (610) 284-4233 (fax)

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