[pmwiki-users] PublishPDF version 2.0.7 released

John Rankin john.rankin at affinity.co.nz
Tue May 30 17:24:38 CDT 2006

On Wednesday, 31 May 2006 8:56 AM, Stirling Westrup <sti at pooq.com> wrote:
>John Rankin wrote:
>> A new version of the wikipublisher library is available from
>> http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/Cookbook/PublishPDF
>> The release notes are at
>> http://www.wikipublisher.org/wiki/index.php?n=ReleaseLog.20060527
>> The main new feature is how heading markup is handled.
>> It now takes the first 2 levels of heading on a wiki page and 
>> slots them into the overall document hierarchy. Before, it only 
>> took the first heading. This produces all round better-looking
>> documents, tables of contents, heading numbering, and so on.
>I am wondering if there are any plans to support multi-column .pdf pages
>in the future. I currently have a large number of .pdf files that are
>formatted in two columns like these two samples:
>  http://sti.pooq.com/archive/temp/sample1.pdf
>  http://sti.pooq.com/archive/temp/sample2.pdf
>and I would dearly love to move the source over to pmwiki and use
>PublishPDF to generate the .pdf files on demand.
There is already some support for 2 column output.

For publishing single pages as a two column pdf, add


to the page. See 

This is fragile and you will need to experiment with
some sample pages. It works well for running prose,
headings and lists.

If your content fits the 2 column model, you can
change the default Site.PrintTemplate to set all 
single pages as 2 column, rather than adding the 
directive to every page. Or, you can add the directive 
to a GroupHeader page.

However, the following may well cause problems:
- wide tables
- large images
- preformatted text lines

In other words, anything that doesn't readily fit inside
a single column of the 2 column page.

In your examples, the tables might be a problem.
If you are willing to give it a try, we'll see if
we can work through any problems that may arise.

At the moment, we don't support 2 column output of
arbitrary page collections, as we haven't yet found a
way to do this reliably for a wide range of content.

However, it could be done.
John Rankin

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