Advanced HTML

Filed under:General — eric @ 1:22 am

My coworkers refer to this little gem as “The World’s Most Advanced Web Page”. It’s meant to be printed, landscape on legal-sized paper with minimum margins.

< proudNerd > It doesn’t look all that complicated, really, but it took me a week or so to get it to work. It gets created on the fly by our software package, drawing in data from a number of sources. It uses HTML, CSS, Python, and a computer language we made up ourselves to create what you see. The problem is that the language underneath web pages wasn’t designed with printing in mind, so it is very hard to manage margins and page breaks and exact layout on the paper. We really shouldn’t be using it at all, but we needed to take advantage of the protability, size, and the fact that every computer had a pre-installed viewer. In the next few months, we’ll be moving to PDF files created on the fly. PDFs are meant to be printed, so I’ll have exact control of the layout, but I’ll need to create the pages at the programming language level — no WYSIWYG editors or anything like that. It will be just like when I programmed PostScript Diplomacy maps by hand. < /proudNerd >


  1. Looks good.

    I know you have been on short sleep lately (you just told us), but “Forman” is spelled incorrectly. It is “Foreman” unless that is the name of your foreman, then it is spelled right. ;)

    Comment by satan — 11/17/2001 @ 1:39 am

  2. Thanks for your previous tip about the Leonids. We just got in and despite the chill enjoyed the show–it was spectaclar.

    Comment by Kathy — 11/18/2001 @ 6:30 am

  3. I would say that you are a geek…except that I just ran across a 1996 four page explanation of radiation dose from microwave ovens that I did for a worried coworker (who stood next to the micro all day)…this I did for fun…which proves that I have no room to talk in the geek department.

    Incidently, dense fog completely obscured the Leonids in these parts…I even got up in time to see them too…dern!

    Comment by M — 11/18/2001 @ 8:31 am

  4. I was also fogged in for the Leonids! Drat-dang-it!

    Comment by Matt — 11/19/2001 @ 9:10 am

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