Ok! I think I will try a little more to get it work with php first, but it
is a good idea you have here.

Thanks! : )


"Joel Boonstra" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message
> Hi Raymond,
> > I have made a website with a webshop and the orders are written down in
> > txtfiles and a faxserver is scanning a directory for txtfiles and sends
> > as faxes.
> >
> > So I am trying to write the txtfile like I should have written the order
> > a table. Or you can say I am trying to make some columns in the txtfile.
> >
> > Something like this:
> >
> > 1    pizza        cheese, beef, tomato,        5,-
> >                       ham, bacon etc........
> > 2    burgers    cheese, bacon                    2,-
> I *think* if you're committed to doing this in PHP, you'll need to look
> at the sprintf() or printf() functions:
>   http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.sprintf.php
> You're given some level of control over the output of your program.  I
> don't know if you can get what you describe above, though.
> If you're not adverse to looking to another language, Perl was built to
> do exactly this.  Perl Formats do what you need -- they provide a method
> for generating "simple, formatted reports and charts", according to the
> camel book.   I know of no analagous capability of PHP (although I may
> very well be wrong).
> If you can't use perl for the whole thing, perhaps you could have PHP do
> all your logic, and then pass the data to a perl script to format and
> save it to a file.  Or maybe sprintf() does everything you need...
> Joel
> (more on perl formats:
> http://www.perl.com/doc/manual/html/pod/perlform.html)
> --
> [ joel boonstra | [EMAIL PROTECTED] ]

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