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Re^2: PDF File Merging Data

by LanX (Chancellor)
on Dec 22, 2010 at 20:54 UTC ( #878663=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: PDF File Merging Data
in thread PDF File Merging Data

>I tried figuring out how pdf::reuse works, even looked at the PDF::Reuse::Tutorial, and have no clue how you could find the tags and replace them on the fly using that.

Can't say much about this, the docs seem to talk about form fields and mention JS, so it might not be what the OP wanted.

Anyway the OP was talking about "replacing placeholders".

With a PDF version where allowed fields are completely filled with blind text in a dedicated font, pdftohtml -xml could easily be used to parse and grep the absolute positions for these text boundaries.

And plotting text by absolute positions is trivial with PDF::Reuse. (of course into a PDF without blind text)

But as I already said, one has to care about line breaks and staying within bounding boxes, cause PDF is not HTML, it's a print format!

see also: Parsing PDFs by text position?

Cheers Rolf

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[Tanktalus]: perldigious: I'm 20 years in, and I don't want to move ;)
[Lady_Aleena]: erix, right, it searches files for a pattern. pcregrep is supposed to do the same thing with the addition of being able to search multiline.
[erix]: ah, pcregrep is a stanalone program?
[Lady_Aleena]: erix, yes.
[Lady_Aleena]: pcre stands for 'Perl Compatible Regular Expressions'.
[erix]: ok, ok, I thought you meant the engine
[perldigious]: Tanktalus: Ha, understandable, that does make it harder when you don't want to move. I assume you are looking at remote work from home jobs too?
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[Lady_Aleena]: Discipulus, I wouldn't know how to get a script to do what the greps do in one line.
[perldigious]: Even working for a large software engineering contractor that's willing to do remote could be an option. The fortune 500 company at $job-- I worked for had quite a lot of that work to hire out to large contractors.

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