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Example: Lending-out form

Below an example of using XMLMill to generate online .pdf documents with requested information. The generated document will be opened in a new window (samples values are filled in for your convenience).

  • No validation is done on the input.
I hereby request my reservation for the following equipment:
Mobile phone
LCD Projector
Overhead Projector
From (date and hour of pick-up)
Until (date and hour of return)
Reason for lend-out

Solution 1: XMLMill's Connector for Cocoon

This lending-out form was made with Cocoon and XMLMill's Connector for Cocoon.

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  1. The form's fields are POSTED to the website's sitemap, which evaluates the url.
  2. An xsp will take the field values and wrap these into an xml structure.
  3. Next the xsl stylesheet will transform the xml structure into a ml: structure (this is an xml document compliant with the xmlmill.xsd).
  4. This intermediate ml: compliant xml document is then passed to the ml2pdf serializer.
  5. The serializer generates the pdf document and send it to the browser.

Solution 2: Using a org.w3c.dom.Document object

In case you do not use Cocoon, the lending-out form could call a servlet that wraps the form's values into a org.w3c.dom.Document object ans pass this to a PDXTransform instance:

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  1. The form's fields are POSTED to a servlet.
  2. A org.w3c.dom.Document object is instantiated and the field values and added as elements.
  3. A com.xmlmill.PDXTransform instance is created.
  4. The Document instance is passed to the PDXTransform instance.
  5. The XSL Document is passed to the PDXTransform instance.
  6. The PDXTransform instance generates the pdf document.

Finally the generated document is send to the browser (via the javax.servlet.ServletOutputStream instance).

For more information regarding XMLMill and servlets please consult the XMLMill in Servlet chapter in the User Guide.

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