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Re^2: Taking a PDF library Open Source

by gwhite (Friar)
on Mar 07, 2012 at 15:46 UTC ( #958312=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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From a library point of view, I find it of tremendous quality, it has documentation and it does what it says it will do.

From a coders point of view, it doesn't use strict, has some global space pollution

I am not familiar with github and will look into it.


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Re^3: Taking a PDF library Open Source
by JavaFan (Canon) on Mar 07, 2012 at 16:40 UTC
    From a coders point of view, it doesn't use strict, has some global space pollution
    For a user of the functionality, whether it uses strict or not, is completely irrelevant. In the same way, I don't care whether the truck driver supplying the supermarket I shop at wore a seat belt or not. It's better for his safety, but it doesn't make my peanut butter any smoother.

    Global space pollution can be an annoyance, but that doesn't mean it will eliminate all the usefulness.

Re^3: Taking a PDF library Open Source
by bitingduck (Chaplain) on Mar 07, 2012 at 16:25 UTC
    It sounds like it might be useful for a side project I'm starting -- the XML to PDF conversion is appealing, and I'd at least look at it, likely use it, and be willing to take a shot at contributing to it. I'm mostly interested in being able to generate nice looking eBooks that would be generated by mostly non-technical people (which is why I'm interested in the XML). There are various open source things out there for editing and generating eBooks, but even the relatively mature ones seem fairly limited.
      You can see the doc at: Documentation and an output file created using the XML generation method at: Sample (the charts were created using the chart director library)

        That's pretty impressive-- it's well documented and looks like it's more flexible than others I've looked at (e.g. Booktype, which has an editor and things, but more limited layout).

        The page flow thing that you mention in the next post looks like it would have to be addressed a few different ways. I only had a little time this morning, but the XML to pdf mode looks like it wants the pages already defined, and probably the non-XML version doesn't.

      Created a github for this project: Perl-PDF-LIbrary You are welcome to participate.


      Page to page text flow is a big issue with this module and something that could be improved upon.


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