2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 14, 2011 9:59 AM by ginni machamer

    Seam-PDF Unable to Render Rich Text Copied from MS Office Products

    Aimee Ukasick Newbie

      Our web app makes extensive use of the rich:editor component. Our end users paste text that they've copied from Office, Outlook, Excel, web pages, PDFs, etc., into those editors. The web app then generates a PDF of the data.


      Issue:
      p:text renders all of the data, including the embedded markup tags
      p:text does not support escaping the markup tags


      We tried using h:outputText (setting escape to false) surrounded by p:html tags, but then no data is rendered in the PDF. Same thing if we use s:formattedText


      If the end user types into the rich:editor and uses the formatting buttons made available by the rich:editor to bold, bullet list, etc., seam-pdf renders the data just fine as long as we use h:outputText and set escape to false.



      <h:outputText escape="false" value="#{data}" />





      Is Seam PDF able to render complex rich text? Do we have to use iText libraries and write code in a bean to generate the PDF? Or do we have to abandon Seam PDF and iText altogether in favor of something else?


      Thanks in advance!


      Example:
      User copied this from an email into a rich:editor text box:



      From: Smith, Bob 
      Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2011 5:55 AM
      To: Doe, Jane P (ATTSI)
      Subject: FW: make number a hot link
      
      This link should work http://fakeUrl.com/app/pdf/pdfRequestAll.seam?requestId=400086&bypass=true I removed the cid field. 



      This is what is stored in the database and unable to be rendered as user-friendly text by seam-pdf:



      <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1;"><strong><span
      style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: &quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sansserif&
      quot;;">From:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family:
      &quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"> Smith, Bob <br
      /><strong>Sent:</strong> Thursday, January 06, 2011 5:55 AM<br /><strong>To:</strong>
      Doe, Jane P (ATTSI)<br /><strong>Subject:</strong> FW: make number a
      hot link</span></p>
      <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-outline-level: 1;"> </p>
      <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: &quot;Tahoma&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">
      <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #1f497d;"><span
      style="font-size: small; font-family: Calibri;">This link should work </span><a
      href="http://fakeUrl.com/app/pdf/pdfRequestAll.seam?requestId=400086&amp;bypass
      =true"><span style="font-size: small; font-family:
      Calibri;">http://exceptions.att.com/TsseJ/pdf/pdfRequestAll.seam?requestId=400086&amp;byp
      ass=true</span></a><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"> I
      removed the cid field.  </span></span></span></p>
      </span></p>