[cairo] PDF backend starts to get interesting

Albert Chin cairo at mlists.thewrittenword.com
Wed Apr 26 08:48:08 PDT 2006

On Fri, Apr 21, 2006 at 09:31:29AM -0700, Carl Worth wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Apr 2006 09:30:24 -0400, "Mike Shaver" wrote:
> >
> > On 4/21/06, Michael Sweet <mike at easysw.com> wrote:
> > > All very cool!  Just to throw out a feature request that would be
> > > particularly useful for web browsers and other PDF creators using
> > > Cairo - support for hyperlinks and forms.  Not sure what the API
> > > should look like - links and form controls need a bounding box, some
> > > appearance data, and a URL...
> > 
> > This is something that's quite interesting to Firefox, indeed.
> Yes, there are lots of interesting things that are desirable here.
> We're not planning on touching this kind of thing for the 1.2 release,
> but I have been keeping it in the back of my mind for a while.
> The trick is going to be coming up with a few, well-selected
> PDF-backend-specific functions that provide a bulk of the necessary
> functionality. I definitely don't want to provide the be-all and
> end-all PDF-generation API, since that would quickly grow to be larger
> than the primary API of cairo itself.

Maybe you can take some clues from how TeX packages embed PS
information in a TeX .dvi file?

albert chin (china at thewrittenword.com)

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