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This recipe shows how to create tabular data in PDF format, supporting neat borders, and alignment and padding of columns, using the Python libraries called PrettyTable and xtopdf.

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"""
PrettyTableToPDF.py
A demo program to show how to convert the output generated 
by the PrettyTable library, to PDF, using the xtopdf toolkit 
for PDF creation from other formats.
Author: Vasudev Ram - http://www.dancingbison.com
xtopdf is at: http://slides.com/vasudevram/xtopdf

Copyright 2015 Vasudev Ram
"""

from prettytable import PrettyTable
from PDFWriter import PDFWriter

pt = PrettyTable(["City name", "Area", "Population", "Annual Rainfall"])
pt.align["City name"] = "l" # Left align city names
pt.padding_width = 1 # One space between column edges and contents (default)
pt.add_row(["Adelaide",1295, 1158259, 600.5])
pt.add_row(["Brisbane",5905, 1857594, 1146.4])
pt.add_row(["Darwin", 112, 120900, 1714.7])
pt.add_row(["Hobart", 1357, 205556, 619.5])
pt.add_row(["Sydney", 2058, 4336374, 1214.8])
pt.add_row(["Melbourne", 1566, 3806092, 646.9])
pt.add_row(["Perth", 5386, 1554769, 869.4])
lines = pt.get_string()

pw = PDFWriter('Australia-Rainfall.pdf')
pw.setFont('Courier', 12)
pw.setHeader('Demo of PrettyTable to PDF')
pw.setFooter('Demo of PrettyTable to PDF')
for line in lines.split('\n'):
    pw.writeLine(line)
pw.close()

A user may want to use this recipe when they want to generate tabular data one or more of various input sources, and also want the data to be formatted neatly, with borders, alignment and padding of columns, and output to PDF.

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Vasudev Ram (author) 6 years, 10 months ago  # | flag