Is it possible to update properties of the template before engine runs?

  • I'd like to change the chrome template's "format" property based on dynamic data that gets processed by the engine and have it override the default template's format.

    For example: = 'Legal';

    would overwrite the template's default setting of "Letter" if the height of the report's html exceeded a certain size.

    Is this possible?

  • administrators

    hi, you can change chrome options in a beforeRender scripts that uses your data with some conditions, that is possible (example of that here), but i don't think it is possible to change it at the same time that knowing how much size your actual html is going to take, since in a beforeRender script nothing is rendered yet and you don't know yet how much height the html is going to consume

  • I think I'd need something similar to pdfUtils to inject data back into the req object and also a new beforeEngineRender global function to set the the new template config. I imagine it would only be possible with a new custom extension.

  • administrators

    pdfUtils just modifies the pdf output directly and adds some content based on the output of other template renderings, it does not modify req object in order to change how a single render will end, it actually modifies the raw pdf output directly. with that in mind and following the same idea of pdfUtils you can probably transform pdf to match new dimensions, but not sure how well a transform like that will be.

    beforeRender is run before template engines so it will be the same as the beforeEngineRender that you are suggesting.

  • I should have called it beforeRecipeRender. I see that the reporter also has afterTemplatingEnginesExecutedListeners. I could probably take the scripts extension and add support for that handler.

    PdfUtils embeds hidden html in the template engine output, I could similarly embed that html and parse it in afterTemplatingEnginesExecuted.

  • administrators

    hey nice trick 😄! i completely forgot that we have such dynamic possibilities to change options in runtime, we will discuss this internally and see if it does makes sense for other cases or it it has some downside, thanks.

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