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Topic: Topic Database/Dynamic PDF creation
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 59551
From: bwilhelm
Date: 5/29/2002 05:39 PM

I'm looking for assistance in building a web site for our company. I intend to either (1) hire one developer with a broad set of skills or (2)outsource various backend and front end pieces to multiple "experts"

As background: my company writes a weekly newsletter. The newsletter is 20-25 pages long and is about the insurance industry. Every newsletter might contain 10-20 individual stories with each story falling under one or more sub-topics within the insurance industry.

Our web site needs to be a smart library of our past and prosective newsletters. In theory, each newsletter needs to be broken up into individual stories and tagged with one or more topics (e.g. workers compensation insurance and california could be two topics). These tagged stories need to be organized in a database.

A hypothetical user at our site will then use a query to say that he/she wants to read everything we've written over the past year on "workers compensation" and "california" and just like that the database pops out 15 stories.

Simple in theory.

the devil is in the details....

Our newsletter is produced in microsoft word. Each newsletter contains complex charts and tables that were created in excel and then pasted as pictures into word. (currently we convert the files into pdf and then send to clients)

We need to be able to seperate out each story from each newsletter, tag it with one or more topics and then have it stored into a database.

Ideally, the database returns a list of the headlines that fit the query and then the user would have the option of reading the seperate headlines or clicking on multiple headlines and then hit a button called "make pdf".

The end result is a custom created pdf file.

This is just one piece to the web site but the one most relative to AcroBuddies.

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