Saturday, June 9, 2007

Populating a PDF form with XML data

Coldfusion 8 allows you to populate a pdf form with the xml data(read from a xml file).

Example: Consider a pdf form say, "payslipTemplate.pdf" is to be filled with employee data. The data is present in a xml file, formdata.xml

cfset sourcefile = "#ExpandPath('payslipTemplate.pdf')#"
cfset destinationfile = "#ExpandPath('employeeid123.pdf')#"
cfset datafile = "#ExpandPath('formdata.xml')#"

cfpdfform source="#sourcefile#" destination="#destinationfile#" action="populate" xmldata="#datafile#"

Done...

5 comments:

Javi said...

Ahamad,

Great post and thanks for sharing! I've been doing this on a project here at work but we are running into an issue. We are wondering if their is a limitation on the cfpdf tag.

For example, you are just populating one PDF form but we need to populate multiple ones and then merge them together. Everything works fine in the individual populating but when the populated PDFs are merged you don't see the fields populated anymore. Is this possible currently with cfpdf?

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