Document::Writer - Library agnostic document creation


    use Document::Writer;
    use Graphics::Color::RGB;
    # Use whatever you like, but this is best!
    use Graphics::Primitive::Driver::CairoPango;

    my $doc = Document::Writer->new;
    my $driver = Graphics::Primitive::Driver::CairoPango->new(format => 'pdf');
    # Create the first page
    my @dim = Document::Writer->get_paper_dimensions('letter');
    my $p = Document::Writer::Page->new(
        color => Graphics::Color::RGB->new(red => 0, green => 0, blue => 0),
        width => $dim[0], height => $dim[1]

    $doc->add_page_break($driver, $page);
    my $textarea = Document::Writer::TextArea->new(
        text => 'Lorem ipsum...'



Document::Writer is a document creation library that is built on the Graphics::Primitive stack. It aims to provide convenient abstractions for creating documents and a library-agnostic base for the embedding of other components that use Graphics::Primitive.

When you create a new Document::Writer, it has no pages. You can add a page to the document using add_page_break($driver, [ $page ]). The first time this is called, a page must be supplied. Subsequent calls will clone the last page that was passed in. If you add components to the document, then they will automatically be paginated at render time, if necessary. You only need to add the first page and any manual page breaks.


Document::Writer is a hobby project that I work on in my spare time. It's yet to be used for any real work and it's likely I've forgotten something important. Free free to contact me via IRC or email if you run into problems.



Add a component to this document.

add_page_break ($driver, [ $page ])

Add a page break to the document. The first time this is called, a page must be supplied. Subsequent calls will clone the last page that was passed in.


Remove all pages from this document.

draw ($driver)

Convenience method that hides all the Graphics::Primitive magic when you give it a driver. After this method completes the entire document will have been rendered into the driver. You can retrieve the output by using Driver's data or write methods. Returns the list of Page's as an arrayref.

find ($CODEREF)

Compatability and convenience method matching find in Graphics::Primitive::Container.

Returns a new ComponentList containing only the components for which the supplied CODEREF returns true. The coderef is called for each component and is passed the component and it's constraints. Undefined components (the ones left around after a remove_component) are automatically skipped.

  my $flist = $list->find(
      my ($component, $constraint) = @_; return $comp->class eq 'foo'

If no matching components are found then a new list is returned so that simple calls liked $container->find(...)->each(...) don't explode.


Given a paper name, such as letter or a4, returns a height and width in points as an array. Uses Paper::Specs.


Returns a Forest::Tree object with this document at it's root and each page (and it's children) as children. Provided for convenience.


The last component in the list.


Graphics::Primitive, Paper::Specs


Cory Watson, <>


Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-geometry-primitive at, or through the web interface at I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.