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

Timothy Smith timothy at open-networks.net
Mon May 2 18:43:19 EDT 2005

Tim Roberts wrote:

> On Sun, 01 May 2005 09:48:55 -0400, Kevin Murphy <murphy2 at speakeasy.net>
>> In the meantime, I'm using HTML, which somebody suggested. It works 
>> quite well, actually.  The <thead> tag causes the header row or rows 
>> of the table to be repeated on every page, and a few simple CSS hints 
>> can be used to adjust column widths.  (In my output, all columns but 
>> the rightmost one are minimum width, and the rightmost one takes up 
>> as much space as possible).  The main problem is that CSS for print 
>> media isn't well supported, and I'd rather not have to manually 
>> interact with a browser in order to print.  I have to manually 
>> specify landscape in the browser, because the @page {size:landscape} 
>> directive doesn't seem to work in any browsers I've tried.  I would 
>> also prefer to directly control the pager header and footer.
> EXACTLY.  I've said this before, but I never tire of hearing my own 
> voice.
> HTML with CSS is just this close (fingers pinched very close together) 
> to being THE ultimate, generic, platform-independent reporting 
> solution.  It is simple, flexible, easy to generate automatically, and 
> extremely well understood.  With just a few extensions for page 
> management and items like widows, it could replace Crystal Reports and 
> even Acrobat in a heartbeat.
> Of course, that isn't exactly the kind of thing the folks at ReportLab 
> want to hear...
your assuming all browsers will render your reports correctly, and what 
are assumptions the mother of again?

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