[texhax] Your advice for generation of tables/forms with decorations?

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Thu Apr 28 16:10:44 CEST 2011

On Apr 28, 2011, at 3:59 AM, Kārlis Repsons wrote:

> First greetings to list members and a question !--
> How to generate a table, which has numerous custom decorations? I mean, some 
> external, curved frame-lines and similar internals, also a bit of embedded 
> graphics... Perhaps using some EPS-converted graphics, but maybe also writing 
> with something like MetaPost, not sure.
> I also wonder about pdf forms: could those be used to enter part of the output 
> data and calculate the rest within pdf, then print?
> Just where to start and what is known to be of a good use...

First you have to draw up the decorations. An interesting approach would be to draw them up in InkScape, then use this:


to convert them into tikz code in TeX, which you could then paramaterize so as to fit around your forms. 

Without knowing what imagery you have in mind, hard to suggest anything beyond that.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

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