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Re: Generating Multipart Document Forms (like carbon paper) [Hard]

From: Adrien Guillon <guila@dainty.ca>
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 10:45:57 -0400
To: "Dave Pawson" <dave.pawson@gmail.com>
Cc: www-xsl-fo@w3.org
Message-Id: <200605151045.57741.guila@dainty.ca>

Dave: Read the whole message... the problem was in the output sequencing, not 
the message printing. :-)

Overall, I feel this presents a deficiency in the XSL-FO standard.  There are 
legitimate cases where such page-conditional processing must be used, and the 
developer should be able to represent such logic in the document without 
resorting to external libraries for this processing.  Suggesting a need for 
something is always easier than suggesting how to do something however ;-)

The document in question is a Bill-of-Lading, and the problem I have described 
will be quite common for this type of document processing.  Just imagine a 
graph traversal from some origin to some destination, where I have to print 
documentation for each node visited along the way... I want to put everything 
together to be easy for the office workers to just pick up the package from 
the printer... and I need four copies of each document put together in the 
proper sequence.

Thanks for your help, I will hack a solution using PDF file manipulations 
directly.  I did want to indicate I feel that the standard is incomplete, 
since it does not seem able to handle this type of advanced logic directly.


On 13 May 2006 4:47 am, you wrote:
> Do it at the xslt stage, i.e. generate 4 pages from xml content
> Mostly the same (iterate over the repeated content and add the 'extras'
> where needed)
Received on Monday, 15 May 2006 14:44:41 UTC

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