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From Martin Gainty <>
Subject RE: Struts2 - Html to PDF
Date Sat, 24 Jul 2010 14:08:12 GMT

i dont know how Crystal can ingest either XSD schema entities or POJOs..maybe someone out
there knows of a converter?

FOP transform is the best solution offered


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> Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 17:33:23 -0400
> Subject: Re: Struts2 - Html to PDF
> From:
> To:
> I'd assume it's possible, but probably not the best choice... I would
> take a look at doing either a Jasper report or using Apache FOP. The
> choice will have to do with the nature of the PDF you are trying to
> generate. Jasper is a reporting platform... Think of Crystal Reports,
> there is a report designer, you then back the report with data and
> render. Jasper uses iText to generate PDFs, and it will let you create
> more of a "document" than a bunch of code.
> If your output will be hard to model in a traditional reporting
> platform, then take a look at Apache FOP. It's very complicated, but
> think of it this way -
> You start with XML modelling your data, then pass it through a
> transform that kicks out XSL-FO, then you have Apache FOP turn it into
> a PDF. I don't have any real experience with it, so I might be giving
> you bad information (and hope someone will correct me). But, in this
> scenario, you are generating XML which represents the data you are
> passing to the output. The transform is done using XSLT? Which is
> another standard. What you generate is an XSL-FO document. This
> document can be rendered as a PDF by FOP. Although it's a more
> complicated process than the first choice, it does add some
> flexibility since you can drop-in replace different components (the
> transformer, the FO-to-PDF converter, probably), plus, you can create
> other XSLTs that generate other output. With Jasper, you'll probably
> be locked into PDF, HTML and Excel (CSV).
> -Wes
> On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 4:43 PM, CRANFORD, CHRIS
> <> wrote:
> > Is it possible to extend the default ServletDispatcherResult to parse
> > the HTML output and pass the result content to the browser as a PDF
> > document?  Or is there a better approach to doing this?  What I want to
> > be able to do is to allow easy creation of PDF documents from HTML
> > content.  Presently I am looking to use iText but this isn't a firm
> > choice and another option that may work better is possible.
> >
> > Chris
> >
> >
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