[thelist] Generating PDF files

Santilal Parbhu santilal at scorpioneng.co.nz
Wed Feb 21 18:54:35 CST 2007


Thanks for the quick replies.  My apologies - I am new at developing web
applications with server side processing, and sometimes I don't know what
questions to ask or what info to supply.  I did search some web forums for
info but was unsuccessful - I didn't think to Google.

I am using an Apache server with the scripts written in PHP.  The data to
fill the tables on the forms (i.e. the ones I want to produce pdfs for)
comes from a Mysql database.  I am unsure of the version of PHP or Mysql.  I
am aware that the versions can often make a big difference, and I will try
and dig this info out if critcal in this case.

I will investigate the links provided - they look promising.  Once again


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[mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Mark Groen
Sent: Thursday, 22 February 2007 12:21 p.m.
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Subject: Re: [thelist] Generating PDF files

On Wednesday 21 February 2007 15:04, Santilal Parbhu wrote:
> I am developing an application that creates a sports draw and results
> table. The draw depends on the number of teams entered which is unknown
> until after the teams have all entered.  Currently, the draw is served as
> html file, which is rendered in the user's browser.  What I want to be
> to do is to create a pdf file which people can download.  My reason for
> this is so that I can have greater control over what the final printed out
> version looks like.
> Can anyone help.

Lots of people on this list can help, especially if you help us a bit by
telling us what server technology you prefer (IIS, Apache, Sun etc.) and
language you prefer to code with (ASP, PHP,Python etc.).

And what you have already found or tried would help immensely, it's a real
guess otherwise and no one wants to spend time on something that may be
totally unrelated to your situation.

For instance, a quick Google on the evolt.org site brings up conversations
about just such a thing going back to at least 2001:


Let's assume you have an Apache server you can add a library to, if it's not
already there. PDFLib:




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