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Inputting data for web-based forms generator

From: Jamieson Becker
Subject: Inputting data for web-based forms generator
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 02:10:14 +0300 (MSK)

Hello there,

I'm pretty new to lout but it seems pretty cool. I'd like to be able to
generate forms for an invoicing program that is designed with PHP. My
question is:

What is the best way to "fill in the blanks" of a pre-designed lout form
from a CGI script? (ie,
a simple bash or python script)? Do I need to generate a text file on
the fly with appropriate
symbol declarations and sysinclude it so that those declarations are
used when calling lout or is
there an easier way?

I believe under LaTeX there is a way to put info separated by linefeeds
from stdin (ie,
such as asking questions individually of the user when the script is
run) and insert that data into
variables sequentially. Is there a way to do this under Lout? THis might
be an easy way to get data
into script variables.

My ultimate goal is to generate a PDF from a lout "template" source file
that has a few variables that are generated on the fly and hand it back
to the client.


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