[reportlab-users] Re: Re: Re[2]: Looking for a How-to to get me moving quickly

Jorge Godoy godoy at ieee.org
Sat May 6 19:26:45 EDT 2006

Andy Robinson wrote:

> Actually this is what just changed in a big way on the trunk last month,
> and will become the "version 2.0" label in the next week or two.   It
> just got much simpler, and this part will be very clearly documented in
> the "What's new" page for the release - I promise!

It will be great, since without that RL gets almost useless in a lot of
cases where you have to deal with mathematics, foreign characters, etc. 

> Check out the trunk from subversion - instructions here:
> http://www.reportlab.org/subversion.html

I'll that, indeed.  I'm going to need better and more controlled reporting
facilities real soon.  It might be easier to do that with a PDF file
instead of tuning a CSS stylesheet for printing... 

> I hope to check in a tutorial-style test case this weekend and I'll put
> your words in ;-)  It should accept UTF8 or unicode objects virtually

Hey, thanks.  They were just some words I thought that could make an easy
example about a shopping list :-) (i.e., a double example in Ben's case,
where he'd show both Unicode and listings). 

> anywhere, and if it doesn't then we want to know right  now.  The few
> remaining issues are things like Outline entries and meta-info for the
> document (Creator Author etc.), which use a weird internal Adobe
> encoding, and currently are passed straight through.

I see.  But my main concern is with the contents of the document, mainly
with titles, tables, paragraphs and lists.

> We've just done a massive unicode-based project serving thousands of
> documents per day in Japanese, German, English and four Scandinavian
> languages. So we're pretty confident our unicode support is
> battle-tested and working.

This is *really* cool!  Congratulations! :-)

If it gets easy and with Ben's document, I believe there will be more happy
users around the globe. ;-)

Including mathematical symbols should also be interesting to test.  For
example (these are using Arial, so if you don't read them correctly,
changing the font might help): ± (plus/minus), × (multiplication), ÷
(division), etc. 

But just the "fruit list" will be great :-)

Thanks again for this great improvement.  I'll be downloading from your
repository soon.

Jorge Godoy      <godoy at ieee.org>

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- Qualquer coisa dita em latim soa profundo.
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