Populate Word Document on Server and return PDF to client
Posted on 2009-05-15
I have a long standing VSTO solution that populates a form that is a word document and this opens on a client machine. This solution however needs upgrading and I am sure there is a more efficient way to do this.
I have in mind a dot net page that can manuipulate the XML from an empty form (n.b. empty, not blank - the word document is a lot of formatting and contains bookmarks for the data). This then saves the word xml on the server somewhere and then a pdf convertor (not sure which one as yet), converts the word file giving the client a 'save as' dialogue to save the document.
Please can you offer any advice on the more appropriate tools or components to perform this with? My main concern is to preserve the formatting of the original word document in the xml ' template'