Using Wx::RichTextCtrl to generate PDF

Hi,

I intend to use a RichTextCtrl so the user can edit parts of a PDF that
will be generated using Prawn. Any ideas on how to best render the
user-editable content into the PDF?

I was thinking of parsing the XML output since I’m not sure if it’s
possible to easily extend the RichTextFileHandler class from within
Ruby. Or is RichTextPrinting the proper way to start here?

Thanks,
Tony

Hi

On 22/09/2010 15:06, Tony M. wrote:

I intend to use a RichTextCtrl so the user can edit parts of a PDF that
will be generated using Prawn. Any ideas on how to best render the
user-editable content into the PDF?

I was thinking of parsing the XML output since I’m not sure if it’s
possible to easily extend the RichTextFileHandler class from within
Ruby. Or is RichTextPrinting the proper way to start here?

I think probably the XML route. There is a wxWidgets class to print to a
postscript file on any platform, but I have never managed to port it to
Ruby.

I remember writing some code some time ago to parse wxRTC’s XML in Ruby,
but I don’t have it to hand. I know a guy who uses wxPython who wrote a
library for doing just that which might be a reference, since the XML
language used by RTC isn’t that well documented.

http://osdir.com/ml/wxpython-users/2010-02/msg00042.html

alex

Hi,

I think probably the XML route.

Thanks for the hint and the link to the wxpython project. Looks doable
to me.

So I’ll go the XML way then. With my first spike attempts I’m getting
strange results though. Here’s my test class.

Two things

(a) I would expect it to write an XML file to my home dir, which it
doesn’t. Actually I would much rather like it to a string but my first
attempt (file) fails already

(b) I would expect it to copy the contents of the editor to the
clipboard, which it doesn’t => crashes with NoMethodError: undefined
method ‘begin’ for #SWIG::TYPE_p_wxRichTextRange:0x234d2e20

Any ideas what might be going wrong? Or maybe an idea of what’s the best
way to actually get the XML out of the control in order to parse it?

I’m using wxruby 2.0.1, ruby 1.8.7p174 on OSX 10.6.4

Thanks so much,
Tony


#!/usr/bin/env arch -i386 ruby
require ‘rubygems’

require “wx”
include Wx

class MyFrame < Wx::Frame

def initialize
super(nil, :title => “RichText Example”, :pos => [150, 25], :size =>
[800, 500])

panel = Wx::Panel.new(self)    #Parent = self = this Frame

@editor = Wx::RichTextCtrl.new(
    panel,  # parent
    ID_ANY,  # ID
    "Initial text",  # value
    [0, 20], # position
    [400, 400] #size
    )

boldbtn = Wx::Button.new(panel, ID_ANY, "bold",  [0,0], [100,50])
dumpbtn = Wx::Button.new(panel, ID_ANY, "dump",[100,0], [100,50])

evt_button(boldbtn) { |evt| @editor.apply_bold_to_selection() }

evt_button(dumpbtn) { |evt|
  buffer.save_file("/Users/tm/test.xml", Wx::RICHTEXT_TYPE_XML)

  @editor.select_all()
  range = @editor.get_selection_range()
  buffer = @editor.get_buffer()
  buffer.copy_to_clipboard(range)
}

show()

end
end

class MinimalApp < Wx::App
def on_init
MyFrame.new
end
end

MinimalApp.new.main_loop

hth

it did. Thanks again!

On 22/09/2010 16:19, Tony M. wrote:

clipboard, which it doesn’t => crashes with NoMethodError: undefined
method ‘begin’ for #SWIG::TYPE_p_wxRichTextRange:0x234d2e20

Any ideas what might be going wrong? Or maybe an idea of what’s the best
way to actually get the XML out of the control in order to parse it?

This is from memory - I probably should have written it up when I was
working with this a year or two ago - but I think you have to create an
instance of Wx::RichTextXMLHandler

http://wxruby.rubyforge.org/doc/richtextxmlhandler.html

Then you can use handler.save_file(rich_text_ctrl.buffer, file_or_io)

If you want as a string, use a StringIO as the second argument.

hth
alex

Ah, one more thing. Sorry to bother with that.

Exporting to XML works fine now, however, I’d like to depersist the
content of the editor when it re-opens.

The problem with that is, that the XML handler doesn’t seem to import
what it just exported. Here’s my test case:

def store_and_load
buffer = @editor.get_buffer()
handler = Wx::RichTextXMLHandler.new
io = StringIO.new()
handler.save_file(buffer, io)
io.rewind()
handler.load_file(buffer, io)
end

This gives me a dialog box with an XML parsing error ‘no element found
at line 1’.

Dumping the XML, however, yields valid content. The error also persists
if
a) I remove the first line from the string ‘io’ or
b) create a new handler (instead of rewinding the existing one)
c) create a new StringIO class

Any hint would be very much appreciated!

Thanks so much,
Tony


dumped XML string:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> foobar

Hi Alex,

thanks for your reply. Looking at the output string with
String#bytes.each {|b| p b.chr }
it seems there is no BOM coming out of the RTC, the first byte is the
opening angle bracket.

Prepending a BOM doesn’t change the observed behavior though.

Here’s my changed code:

UTF8BOM = “\xef\xbb\xbf”

def store_and_load
buffer = @editor.get_buffer()
handler = Wx::RichTextXMLHandler.new
io = StringIO.new()

handler.save_file(buffer, io)
s = UTF8BOM + io.string
io.string = s

io.rewind()
handler.load_file(buffer, io) # gives a warning dialog: "No element 

found on line 1"
end

FWIW, I can repro this on Win7 and OSX.

Thanks again for your time,
Tony

Alex F. wrote:

Hi Tony

On 27/09/10 11:34, Tony M. wrote:

end

This gives me a dialog box with an XML parsing error ‘no element found
at line 1’.

Haven’t run your code, but you might look into whether there’s an XML
Byte-Order Mark (BOM) either coming out or going in. Inspect the XML
string byte-wise (it won’t show up when dumped) and try either adding a
BOM, if missing, or deleting it, if present.

http://www.opentag.com/xfaq_enc.htm

cheers
alex

Hi Tony

On 27/09/10 11:34, Tony M. wrote:

end

This gives me a dialog box with an XML parsing error ‘no element found
at line 1’.

Haven’t run your code, but you might look into whether there’s an XML
Byte-Order Mark (BOM) either coming out or going in. Inspect the XML
string byte-wise (it won’t show up when dumped) and try either adding a
BOM, if missing, or deleting it, if present.

http://www.opentag.com/xfaq_enc.htm

cheers
alex

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