Maruan Sahyoun commented on PDFBOX-2618:


there are already some projects. This is not a complete list though

- https://github.com/GlenKPeterson/PdfLayoutManager
- http://dhorions.github.io/boxable/
- https://github.com/vandeseer/easytable

As for the fop related issues - did you ask how the fop people are thinking 
about these issues?

To replace fop there would be a lot to add to PDFBox-
- a layout model
- complex script support
- hypenation

> Add an Example to create paragraphs with PDFBox
> -----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: PDFBOX-2618
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PDFBOX-2618
>             Project: PDFBox
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Writing
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.0
>            Reporter: Tilman Hausherr
>            Priority: Major
> [~mkl] wrote this morning on stackoverflow on the topic about creating tables 
> with PDFBox: 
> {quote}I'm afraid all those samples IMO meely are proofs of concept, probably 
> of use in limited use cases but by far not for generic use. PDFBox has its 
> strengths, e.g. a quite versatile content extraction framework and a content 
> rendering capability, but the absence a proper layouting API is a serious 
> weakness.{quote}
> To which I answered:
> {quote}I know... I just don't want to create another iText. We're not the 
> Samwer brothers.{quote}
> But he's right. We could of course look at what iText offers and implement 
> that on our own, that wouldn't even be illegal, but it wouldn't be nice. I've 
> never looked at or used iText, except once when answering this: 
> http://stackoverflow.com/a/26820598/535646
> IMO what we need to start, is a method to write a paragraph to a PDF. Such a 
> method would have these parameters:
> - text
> - rectangle (or width and height from current position)
> Such a method would then output the text and break the lines at the end of 
> the rectangle, and throw an exception if the space isn't enough.
> *UPDATE*: This will be implemented as an example, using either Java's 
> built-in TextLayout or ICU4J.

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