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From Peter Flynn <>
Subject Calling LaTeX from within Cocoon
Date Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:59:28 GMT
A common solution to the requirement to generate publication-quality PDF is to use XSLT to
create LaTeX code and rely on LaTeX's understanding of documents and library of pre-written
packages to create the PDF.

For real-time web applications it would be very useful to be able to drive this from within
Cocoon rather than having to call out to a CGI script. As Cocoon can only call Java resources,
and can only accept XML return, would it be possible to write a small Java stub whose classes
can be added to Cocoon, that would do the business of running LaTeX over the XSLT output in
the pipeline and returning the PDF?

I don't do Java, so I would be interested to know if this is even possible.


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