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Re: [Xlog-discussion] Log as diary

From: Martin Ewing AA6E
Subject: Re: [Xlog-discussion] Log as diary
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2008 15:56:26 -0500
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Joop Stakenborg wrote:

Wow, you seem to be one of the very last hams that actually print their
logs! I admit there is little space on a portrait size sheet to print
the QSO data, but selecting landscape will solve all of your troubles.
And yes, a special remark can be printed on a line by itself in italics
for instance, printing is much more flexible than displaying a GUI.
Actually, xlog's landscape printing even with smallest font still truncates my remarks. I don't really trust these new fangled computers, especially for "archival" storage... ;-)

So I did a little research: how about opening a log in OpenOffice.org's spreadsheet? The log format is so simple! The spreadsheet has some good properties -- you can adjust column widths by eye, and you can ask for text to be folded into multiple lines in a cell. Still not perfect -- I ended up with tiny 5 point printing to fit everything (without much folding). The basic problem is that there is too much information with variable field lengths, especially if you make long remarks. (Is there any limit on remark length?) It just won't fit on a single line with fixed columns.

I guess I'm suggesting you don't have to worry about fancy printing -- it's an impossible problem, and it depends on one's taste, anyway. I can write my own report generators. It would be handy to have a built-in CSV export function for that purpose.

But the right screen display is still an issue.
Thanks for your attention!

So when I program some of your and my ideas, will you be able to test
it? Can you compile xlog from source?
Yes to both!

I hope this isn't making a mountain out of a mole hill, as we say. Maybe nobody really does print any more. Xlog is a great product as it stands.

73 Martin AA6E

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