[reportlab-users] outputting simple multi-page tabular grid of data

Kevin Murphy murphy2 at speakeasy.net
Fri Apr 29 10:03:38 EDT 2005

I'd like to programmatically produce printable (PDF? Postscript?) 
spreadsheet-style output of database queries with these characteristics:

* line borders around cells (i.e. the simple "grid" look)
* simple textual header and footer
* first row should be repeated on each page
* preferably, auto-sizing of columns, but not required

 From looking at the documentation and example PDF's, ReportLab looks 
great and obviously capable of doing this.

Unfortunately, I don't know Python, although I'm experienced in other 

Is there some sample code for producing a simple multi-page tabular 
output?  Or a meta-script that is customized for doing this sort of 
thing?  I see the Flowable Table class, but the documentation examples 
aren't quite enough for me, partly because of the newness of Python.  I 
can probably hobble forward by looking at online Python docs, but if I 
can get a jump start, great.

Ideally, I'd like to figure this out as quickly as possible (I'm 
creating canvassing lists for an impoverished, long-shot political 
candidate friend of mine ;-) and make a longer term intellectual 
investment in Python and ReportLab gradually.

Kevin Murphy

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