Last post May 27, 2005 01:27 AM by voxhumana
May 26, 2005 08:52 PM|voxhumana|LINK
Does anyone know of a module that does the following (...and if not - is anyone interested in building one, either as an open-source, funded joint-venture or as a developer-for-hire project).
I need to store formatted data in the DB, and then have the ability to export that data to a PDF document, complete with predefined company headers, various bits of pre-defined text (signatures, disclaimers, etc). My specific needs are medico-legal in nature,
but I can imagine that just about all businesses that produce documents (there are hundreds) could use this facility.
By "formatted" I mean headings, bold/italic, indentation levels, etc (all of which is supported in the text entry utility). Other "would-be-nice" features are an archive of produced PDF's, an ability to email the PDF to any email target (assuming an available
SMTP server, obviously) and probably some other really neat ideas I haven't thought of. The ability to "and/or" export to a Word doc would be great too.
May 26, 2005 09:14 PM|mcsenow|LINK
May 26, 2005 10:45 PM|voxhumana|LINK
Thanks for that and you've developed what certainly looks like a great module. I'm from a Cognos background so I can really see the value in what you've done.
However the reports I'm thinking of are far more along the lines of text documents - legal briefs, medical opinions, etc. (ie - not reports generated from numerical data). These are documents that have definite elements of standard text (an example is below)
and other elements are freely generated based on the findings. I would love to have the ability to generate PDF documents complete with headers, footers and elements of standard text.
Do you think this is also possible using your module?
Example of "standard text" from a typical medico-legal document.
I [name & title], certify that I have assessed [client] and prepared this report. I acknowledge that I have read and am familiar with the Expert Witness Code of Conduct contained in Schedule 1 of the District
Court Rules, and I agree to be bound by the Code. To the best of my ability, this report has been prepared in accordance with the Code.
May 26, 2005 11:13 PM|mcsenow|LINK
May 27, 2005 01:27 AM|voxhumana|LINK
Really appreciate your input Fuji - I've had a quick glance at the link you sent me and need to dig a lot deeper, but I wanted to say thank you first.