Printing text, image, text, image, ...

Printing text, image, text, image, ...

Post by William Par » Sun, 25 Jun 2006 09:01:01


I have bunch of text files (about 20 lines) and bunch of image files.
Is there a clean way to print text, then image, then text, then image,
..., as though there are in single continuous document?

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Printing text, image, text, image, ...

Post by Dances With Crow » Sun, 25 Jun 2006 10:07:10


["Followup-To:" header set to comp.os.linux.misc.]
On Fri, 23 Jun 2006 20:01:01 -0400, William Park staggered into the
Black Sun and said:

Quote:> I have [a] bunch of text files (about 20 lines) and [a] bunch of image
> files.  Is there a clean way to print text, then image, then text,
> then image, as though [they were a] single continuous document?

Sure.

#!/usr/bin/perl -w
open(OFP,">temp.html") or die "cannot open temp.html: $!";
print OFP "<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC \"-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 ".
     "Transitional//EN\">\n";
print OFP "<html><head><title> A title </title></head><body>\n";



# NOTE:  The glob() builtin may or may not help you out with that.
# Keep track of how many files you have, put that number in N.
# Deal With It if you have more images than text, or more text than
# images.  That's beyond the scope of this message.

for($i=0;$i<$N;$i++) {
    print OFP "<p>\n";
    open(IFP,$textfiles[$i]) or die "couldn't open ".$textfiles[$i].
         " : $!";
    while($line=<IFP>){ print OFP $line; }
    close(IFP);
    print OFP "</p>\n";
    print OFP "<img src=\"".$imagefiles[$i]."\">";
    }
print OFP "</body></html>\n";
close(OFP);
# end hackish Perl script

...open temp.html in your favorite web browser, make sure it looks OK,
File->Print.  Modify the code to your taste in scripting languages if
you don't like Perl--this'd be fairly easy to do in Python or bash
AFAICT.  HTH,

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