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NAME ^

Template::Flute::PDF - PDF generator for HTML templates

VERSION ^

Version 0.0042

SYNOPSIS ^

  $flute = Template::Flute->new (specification_file => 'invoice.xml',
                                 template_file => 'invoice.html',
                                 values => \%values);
  $flute->process();

  $pdf = Template::Flute::PDF->new (template => $flute->template(),
                                    file => 'invoice.pdf');

  $pdf->process();

DESCRIPTION ^

Template::Flute::PDF is a PDF generator based on Template::Flute and PDF::API2.

OUTPUT

To obtain the PDF as a string instead of writing it to a file, please simply leave out the file parameter when creating the Template::Flute::PDF object:

   $pdf = Template::Flute::PDF->new (template => $flute->template(),
                                     file => 'invoice.pdf');

   $pdf_as_string = $pdf->process();

UNITS

Template::Flute::PDF uses the pt unit internally.

In addition, the following units are supported and automatically converted by this module:

in

An inch converts to 72 pt.

cm

A centimeter converts to approximately 28.3 pt.

mm

A millimeter converts to approximately 2.8 pt.

px

A pixel converts to 1 pt.

CONSTRUCTOR ^

new

Create a Template::Flute::PDF object with the following parameters:

template

Template::Flute::HTML object.

file

PDF output file.

page_size

Page size for the PDF (default: A4).

html_base

Base directory for HTML resources like images and stylesheets.

import

Import parameters for Template::Flute::PDF::Import.

Margin parameters

margin_top

Top margin, defaults to 20.

margin_right

Right margin, defaults to 20.

margin_bottom

Bottom margin, defaults to 50.

margin_left

Left margin, defaults to 20.

METHODS ^

process

Processes HTML template and creates PDF file.

set_page_size

Sets the page size for the PDF.

select_page PAGE_NUM

Selects page with the given PAGE_NUM. Creates new page if necessary.

content_height

Returns the height of the content part of the page.

content_width

Returns the width of the content part of the page.

bounding

Returns the bounding box for the PDF as a hash reference with the following key/value pairs:

vpos

Top vertical position.

pos

Left horizonal position.

max_w

Maximum width.

max_h

Maximum height.

The bounding box defines the available space without the borders.

font NAME [weight] [style]

Returns PDF::API2 font object for font NAME, WEIGHT and STYLE are optional.

text_filter TEXT

Adjusts whitespace in TEXT for output in PDF.

setup_text_props ELT SELECTOR [INHERIT]

Determines text properties for HTML template element ELT, CSS selector SELECTOR and INHERIT flag.

calculate ELT [PARAMETERS]

Calculates width and height for HTML template element ELT.

check_out_of_bounds POS DIM

Check whether we are out of bounds with position POS and dimensions DIM.

textbox ELT TEXT PROPS BOX ATTRIBUTES

Adds textbox for HTML template element ELT to the PDF.

hline SPECS HPOS VPOS LENGTH WIDTH

Add horizontal line to PDF.

borders X_LEFT Y_TOP WIDTH HEIGHT

Adds borders to the PDF.

rect X_LEFT Y_TOP X_RIGHT Y_BOTTOM COLOR

Adds rectangle to the PDF.

locate_image

Determines location of an image file from the src HTML attribute.

    $imgfile = $pdf->locate_image('images/cart.png');

The location is based on the current directory, or on the html_base constructor parameter if the src HTML attribute contains a single file name only.

image OBJECT HPOS VPOS WIDTH HEIGHT

Add image OBJECT to the PDF.

begin_transform

Starts transformation of current content object.

end_transform

Ends transformation of current content object.

FUNCTIONS ^

to_points [DEFAULT_UNIT]

Converts widths to points, default unit is mm.

SUPPORTED HTML/CSS SYNTAX ^

This is an incomplete list of supported HTML/CSS syntax.

HTML tags and attributes

<i>

style

The HTML attribute "style" is not supported.

CSS properties

display

The CSS property "display" is not supported.

font-weight

The values "normal" and "bold" are supported.

min-height

The CSS property "min-height" is supported.

min-width

The CSS property "min-width" is supported.

text-transformation

The CSS property "text-transformation" is supported with the exception of the value "inherit".

AUTHOR ^

Stefan Hornburg (Racke), <racke@linuxia.de>

BUGS ^

Certainly a lot, as converting from HTML to PDF is quite complicated and challenging.

Please report any unknown bugs or feature requests to bug-template-flute-pdf at rt.cpan.org, or through the web interface at http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=Template-Flute-PDF.

KNOWN BUGS

Background color

Using background color hides text.

Vertical align

We currently support only aligning to top or bottom of the available space. This is in contradiction to HTML, where the default vertical align is baseline (of the text).

SUPPORT ^

You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc Template::Flute::PDF

You can also look for information at:

LICENSE AND COPYRIGHT ^

Copyright 2010-2012 Stefan Hornburg (Racke) <racke@linuxia.de>.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either: the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; or the Artistic License.

See http://dev.perl.org/licenses/ for more information.

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