[reportlab-users] ReportLab vs LaTex
crp2006 at shaw.ca
Wed Dec 27 10:55:54 EST 2006
I want to thank you for taking the time to think about this and write such an extensive reply. Your comments will definitely assist us in making a decision.
Have a VERY happy holiday season and I hope that 2007 is excellent for you and yours!
----- Original Message -----
From: timr at probo.com
Date: Tuesday, December 26, 2006 11:23 pm
Subject: Re: [reportlab-users] ReportLab vs LaTex
> On Tue, Dec 26, 2006 at 09:43:24PM -0800, crp2006 at shaw.ca wrote:
> > Our workplace may be able to use ReportLab's properties to good
> avail. We
> > have committed to being a Python shop, so that fits. We do some
> publishing> that involves basically the same text (minor changes
> every 6 months, say)
> > but detailed database queries that we need to run into tables
> and graphs
> > (ReportLab has some very nice graphical facilities!).
> > We might need indices and bibliographies - are there ReportLab
> facilities> for that sort of thing? How do these compare to LaTex?
> > How about mathematical equations and other math typesetting? Is
> there> support for that (it isn't necessary, but it might be handy
> so I threw that
> > in. . .).
> You can DO all of these things in both packages, although they
> equally easy. I was going to reply that LaTeX and ReportLab are
> aimed at two different problem domains, but I eventually decided that
> wasn't quite true.
> With LaTeX, you just enter text, and the existing LaTeX macros
> decide how
> they should be placed on the page. With ReportLab, you place each
> itemyourself, at precisely the location you want it. ReportLab
> works at a
> lower level than LaTeX. The basic ReportLab package is
> essentially a
> friendly wrapper around PostScript.
> Of course, the real situation is not that clear-cut. ReportLab
> includesPlatypus, which does provide word-wrapping and flowables.
> Remember that LaTeX produces a format that has to be converted to PDF.
> Reportlab produces PDF directly.
> > How about just plain text formatting? Are the results
> comparable to LaTex?
> Results in what sense? In many ways, ReportLab gives you much
> more control
> over your output than LaTeX. LaTeX has a vast set of formatting
> rules, and
> if your project wants to vary from those rules, life is very
> difficult.With ReportLab, everything is under your control. On
> the other hand, with
> ReportLab, you have to worry about a lot of details that LaTeX
> handles for
> > It would be possible to use ReportLab to do some database
> queries, snag the
> > numbers and then spit out the -always-the-same LaTex code and
> start the pdf
> > creation process. . . Is this a silly route to take?
> Yes. ReportLab doesn't have anything to do with databases. It's
> quitepossible to use Python code to query a database and generate
> LaTeX code,
> but you couldn't feed ReportLab's output into LaTeX.
> > Thanks for any input on this! Without being an expert in both
> systems it is
> > impossible to really have an accurate idea as to what might be best.
> It depends on your expertise. If your group is comfortable with
> LaTeX, it
> would probably be expedient to generate LaTeX, and let the LaTeX tools
> produce your PDF. If your group is comfortable with Python and knows
> something about PDF files, then it might behoove you to dig into
> Tim Roberts, timr at probo.com
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