Mon, 4 Nov 2002 22:56:04 -0000
> When I run the pythonpoint.xml demo, several of the slides run
> off the right
> edge of the page. On page 3, "XML Notation", both the top and
> bottom paragraph
> run off the right edge.
> Further, all of the paragraphs seem to have their first line
> indented by one space. Is this a known issue?
It is now :-) I see we introduced this a few months ago by
mistake, each paragraph is getting a 'bullet string' of ''
instead of None, and it allows a bit of space after the bullet.
You can get the fix from CVS or CVSweb, or wait for current.zip
in the morning. reportlab/tools/pythonpoint/stdparser.py
> Does the Acrobat reader have enough hooks to allow one to map a
> mouse click
> into the "show next page" action, making it even closer to PowerPoint?
In theory, yes, but we have not exposed it. The PDF Spec defines
numerous actions and it's just a matter of finding the right
dictionary actions. Personally I find a click on the 'page down' key
just as easy as a click on the mouse so I never tried ;-)
Also, see yesterday's announcement on the auto-advance, which needs
no clicks but goes wrong when the audience asks a question :-)
> Finally, is there a good, lightweight XML-aware editor that would
> ease the creation of these slides?
I don't know about free ones but I did use XML Spy at one point.
This basically looks at the DTD and ensures all your edits are
valid, offering drop-down completion of tags and attributes.
Does anyone know a free validating editor?
It seems a lot of people seem to use a preprocessor to define macros,
so they can transform lists of bullets or indented text lines
into xml with great regularity. Not the same approach, but can
save a lot of typing...possibilities include
preppy (www.reportlab.com/ftp/preppy.zip) or Empy, which Dinu Gherman
mentioned here recently.