[SLUG] [PIG] Writing checks from PHP

From: Paul M Foster (paulf@quillandmouse.com)
Date: Thu Apr 27 2006 - 11:33:13 EDT

Okay, here's (what I consider) an interesting programming problem. The
idea would be to generate a check in your browser screen, and be able to
print the screen and get a check on your own check forms (8-1/2x11). The
screen would look just like your check, except for your company name,
MICR printing, etc. Everything exactly where it would be when you print
it on your checks (from NEBS or whoever).

PHP is the language of choice here. But PHP has no ability to place
screen objects at a certain position on the screen. Most likely, you'd
have to have everything surrounded by the <PRE> tag, so it should print
exactly what you want where you want it (assuming Courier or some
similar font).

Here's the other snag: the screen coordinates (line and column) for each
part of the check (payee, date, etc.) are in a PostgreSQL database. This
is so the user can configure the check depending on who he bought his
checks from.

I'm working on this myself, but since we've got programmers wanting to
geek out, I thought I'd give everyone else a shot. Might be interesting.


Paul M. Foster
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