PDF Document Generation with hyPub Perl Programs

This section describes how a Perl program is used to control the PDF documents generation process

Introduction to Perl

Perl is the most flexible scripting language that you can use for managing text files and executing other programs. If you want to try it, follow these steps:

1. Download ActivePerl from http://www.activestate.com/Products/ActivePerl/.

2. Install it by following the installation instructions.

3. Try the hello.pl program:

   print "Hello world!\n";

3. Try the dir.pl program with executes another program through the system function:

   system("dir \\");

pdf.pl - A Perl Program to Generate PDF Documents

In order to perform the steps described in the previous section, I wrote a Perl program called pdf.pl. You can run pdf.pl with 3 command options:

1. "pdf.pl compile" - It does the following steps to generate Web page files:

2. "pdf.pl link" - It works on all XML files to evaluate variables and build hyper links.

3. "pdf.pl finish" - It does the following final steps:

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Ideas on Publishing Books using XML

 Overview of hyPub - A Simple XML Publishing Tool

 Writing Book Contents in XHTML Source Files

 Transforming Book Source Files with XSL Technology

 Designing Web Page Layouts with Tables

 Controlling Web Page Appearance with CSS

 Sharing HTML Codes with JavaScript Files

 Generating Web Pages with hyPub

 Formatting Printable Documents with XSL-FO

Generating PDF Documents with hyPub

 Requirements on PDF Version

 PDF Documents Generation Steps

PDF Document Generation with hyPub Perl Programs

 hyPub Sample PDF Documents and Source Code

 Areas of Future Improvements


 Full Version in PDF/ePUB