[thelist] PDF generation

Judah McAuley judah at wiredotter.com
Tue Jan 6 21:49:59 CST 2009

I'll recommend the Apache FOP project: http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/

It has a pretty simple xml-based markup and most of the xsl attributes
are based off of CSS, so that styling should be pretty straight
forward for most people. Outputs to PDF, RTF and PS as I recall and
includes handling images as well.

These days I use Coldfusion for pdf generation but if you aren't
looking for the overhead of CF, go with FOP.


On Sat, Jan 3, 2009 at 1:37 PM, Bill Moseley <moseley at hank.org> wrote:
> I'm currently using htmldoc[1] to generate pdfs for a non-profit
> client.  htmldoc converts html3.2 to a pdf.  It works ok, but is
> pressing its limits due to its layout abilities and lack of css
> support and utf8.  So, looking for something better.
> The pdf generator must run on Linux and use text files to generate the
> final pdf.  One thing they are doing is generating invoices, so has to
> be smart about tables, and pagination -- which I assume is not
> uncommon.
> I like the idea of using html to generate the pdfs since the client is
> familiar with html.  But, as long as the markup isn't too obscure it
> should not be too hard.  I suspect that means LaTeX is not a great
> option.
> What are you using currently for server-side PDF generation?
> Thanks,
> [1] http://www.easysw.com/htmldoc/
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