Web Interface V3.0 for Formatter

By: Antenna House  09-12-2011
Keywords: Xml, Antenna House

Web Interface V3.0 for Formatter lets a client computer send via SOAP an XML file and a stylesheet to an AH Formatter Server License and receive back a PDF document; simply and without the need to undertake an expensive and complicated development effort. Web Interface V3.0 for Formatter equips Folder Monitoring Service that will allow you to obtain the conversion result only by throwing a target file into the specified folder and will notify you when the conversion finishes.

No need to develop the application for the server

By installing the Web Interface V3.0 for Formatter on the server running AH Formatter all server side development work is already completed for you.

Easy to use on the client side

By installing the code provided by Antenna House on the client side a lot of the work is already done for you. All you need to do is take the code provided by Antenna House and make it part of your client application. The client code provided with the Web Interface V3.0 for Formatter builds the command that sends XML data and an XSL or CSS stylesheet to the server where the Server License of AH Formatter is installed and all processing takes place.

Processing data on the server side

Easy to use the command based on JavaScript

Because the command to send is based on the standard JavaScript (ECMAScript) developers don't need to acquire a new set of knowledge to work with the Web Interface V3.0 for Formatter on the client side.

SOAP/HTTP protocol

The SOAP/HTTP protocol is used for the transfer of messages between the server and the client.

  • SOAP is based on XML
  • SOAP is simple and extensible
  • SOAP allows you to get around firewalls
  • SOAP is developed as a W3C standard

Folder Monitoring Service

By using Folder Monitoring Service on the client side, AH Formatter V6 can be used more easily. That is, the conversion result can be obtained only by throwing a target file into the specified folder.

Folder Monitoring Service is a Windows service on the client side that detects the documents copied to the specified folder automatically and outputs the conversion result to the specified folder using Web Interface V3.0 for Formatter.

Once the folder monitoring service starts, a series of following processing is performed repeatedly at a regular interval.

  1. Confirms whether the files exist in the monitoring folder.
  2. Generates the command file for XdsCmd from the contents of the file (the target file for conversion, and the file that instructs the conversion), when a file exists.
  3. Executes XdsCmd and transmits a request to the web server of Web Interface V3.0 for Formatter.
  4. Stores the result returned from the web server of Web Interface V3.0 for Formatter in the output folder.

In order to use Folder Monitoring Service, the target files being converted should be ZIP archived and put in the target folder as one file. Folder Monitoring Service finds and processes a file automatically, and puts the conversion result on the output folder.

The following files can be included in the archive for conversion.

  • Target documents (xml, xsl, fo, html, css, wml, etc.)
  • Command File
  • External reference file (images, etc.)

Folder Monitoring Service will notify you whether the conversion was normally completed via e-mail or pop up if you desire.

Keywords: Antenna House, Xml,

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