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

Andy Robinson andy at reportlab.com
Tue May 3 15:06:54 EDT 2005

> 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...

It would, of course, need support from Microsoft.  Who have
just announced Metro, their rival to PDF (I just waded through
the 340-page spec).  Who would presumably not want to pull the
legs out of their new initiative this year, at least, with
something that easy and obvious.

OTOH, I suppose you could roll your sleeves up and contribute
to Mozilla.  Just bear in mind those 'few extensions' might
involve quite a bit of rewriting...

- Andy

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