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Re: [O] Generate and fill PDF-forms by org-mode?!

From: Thomas Holst
Subject: Re: [O] Generate and fill PDF-forms by org-mode?!
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:18:50 +0200
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Hi Torsten,

ยท On Aug 15 2013, Torsten Wagner <address@hidden> wrote:

> [How to fill in a form from org?]

I have only one form to fill in, print it, sign it and hand it in. But
this one is very boring :-(. The form is available as pdf or dot. Here
is how I do it.

When I was on Windows I used XL and word with a VBA macro. Now I
switched to Linux. I use org and LibreOffice.

I have all the information gathered in an org-table. A babel elisp block
extracts the information from this table. To fill in the form I use
=xte= which is part of the xautomation package [1]. =xte= is a
commandline tool which emulates key strokes and sends them to the active
window. I open the form (dot) in LibreOffice and execute the babel
block. The items to fill in the form are extracted from org-table and
sent to =xte= via `call-process-shell-command'.

This might not be the best way, but for me it works.

I also tried to use the pdf form in the same way. But it did not work
well. Neither in Adobe Reader nor in evince.

[1] http://sourceforge.net/projects/xautomation/
Bis neulich ...

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