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Re: Generating beautiful reports

by dws (Chancellor)
on Apr 09, 2002 at 16:21 UTC ( #157762=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Generating beautiful reports

I've got a document form which must be filled with data entered through a web-form and then be presented alone on a page suitable for printing right from the browser.

You have at least four options:

  1. Assume that people have an Acrobat reader installed with their browser, and serve up printable PDF. There's enough info in the links that people have provided above to work through the problems of generating PDF from Perl.

  2. Assume that people have a browser capable of understanding CSS, and generate your printable report using CSS to augment HTML.

  3. Assume that people have Microsoft office installed, and generate your printable report as either an Excel or Word document. This will require that your web server be IIS, and that the web server also have the necessary pieces of Office installed. Do a Super Search for Excel, and you'll find plenty of examples of how to generate and populate Excel files from Perl.

  4. Generate a printable image (GIF, PNG, or JPEG), using ImageMagik or GD. This give you maximal control on the server side, but will probably involve the maximal amount of work.

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