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How to generate and download multiple documents at one time in PHP or MODX

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Hi,
I have a course booking site where students and agents are able to book courses.
The agents are able to book a course on the student's behalf.
e.g.
Student 1 - booked direct
Student 2 - booked via agent 1
Student 3 - booked via agent 1
Student 4 - booked via agent 2
Student 5 - booked direct
Student 6 - booked via agent 2
Student 7 - booked via agent 3

After the course is finished, I need to generate invoices to each agent who has booked a student on that course.
What I would like to be able to do is to click a button and 3 Word or Excel invoices are generated and downloaded. (one for each agent)

I would prefer if they were not downloaded as part of a zip file, as I think this will confuse the admin staff (and owner :-)  )

Is there a way to do this, either in MODX or PHP?

Thanks in advance.
Steve Reid
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Option 1
Generate multiple window.open('path/to/document') - one for each document.
This will result in multiple tabs / windows opening - each with its own download.

Option 2
Generate an intermediary page with the links to the docs on them.
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Thank you Julian, both great ideas.
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You are welcome.
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