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The use of AFPRSC keyword in DDS has been fine up until now. Today, there is a need to create more "graphical" printed output for customers, packing slips, invoices, order confirmations all need graphics, and sometimes barcodes or other components. IBM needs to add either a DDS Keyword or (preferably) PDF APIs for creating, writing, and adding to (appending) PDF files that are stored as stream files on the IFS. Basic output capabilities should be exposed as APIs or parameters on the DDS KWD, such as font name, font size, drawing lines, boxes, and shading, along with barcode output. In face, *PRTF files should have a *PDF attribute or eprahsp *PDF should be a new file type to which standard RPG output can be written with PDF output as the option without going through the override and/or transformation object, workstation customization object, etc. A lot has already been done, I'm something asking for it to be exposed and completed.
It is 2021 and IBM doesn't seem to be adding features to AFP, therefore something that can support us moving forward such as PDF should be provided as a printed output interface. The conversion to PDF is pretty much all AFP is used for today, therefore why restrict the output to what AFP artificially limits you to (like no shading) when the PDF interface does not?
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