Craig White wrote:
I have a 'Library' module where I am going to have to print apparently 5
different types of labels depending upon whether they are for books,
cd's, audio tapes, video tapes, etc.
Is anyone printing labels with Rails?
Anyone have any suggestions for doing this?
not with Rails (yet), but with PHP (the application I'm trying to port).
I have PHP create a temporary LaTeX file and then run "pdflatex" to compile
this file to a PDF on the server, then have PHP pass it through to the
browser as application/x-pdf. It's so simple that it's a ten-liner even in
There are lots of pre-made classes especially for the myriad of different
Zweckform sticky labels available for LaTeX, including margin settings for
most common printers. You're bound to find labels for CDs and DVDs and the
like too, otherwise you can modify an existing class rather easily.
I came to the conclusion that this is the easiest method. You don't depend
on the users' Word or OOo versions, they can view it before they print it,
adjust printer settings if they want, or just save the file. Plus, the user
can't break anything.