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From Janne Jalkanen <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] PDFBox proposal
Date Thu, 15 Nov 2007 15:43:28 GMT

...'cos everybody I've ever talked to always tells me to use PDFBox?

[No, I cannot tell why exactly they prefer PDFBox, but hey, I don't  
really care... Just passing the message.]


On Nov 15, 2007, at 10:01 , Jeremias Maerki wrote:

> Ok, so why not generate XSL-FO and use Apache FOP? You get multiple
> output formats that way. Only drawback at the moment: No support for
> automatically sized column-widths in tables. If you interface directly
> with a PDF library you have to do all the difficult page-breaking
> yourself. FOP does all that already. Of course, if you have an
> HTML component (with pagination support) that can paint to
> Java2D/Graphics2D you can easily use a PDF library with Java2D support
> directly. Unfortunately, PDFBox doesn't have that, yet, while FOP  
> does.
> Another example where PDFBox and FOP's PDF library could profit from
> each other.
> Jeremias Maerki
> On 15.11.2007 08:41:19 Janne Jalkanen wrote:
>>> How? Just curious.
>> We don't have built-in PDF generation from pages, which is one of the
>> more requested features.  Apparently many companies like the ability
>> to create documentation on a wiki, and then dumping it to a PDF for
>> shipping.
>> /Janne
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