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14 Apr 2005 07:05 ejbleendreeble

HTMLdoc
This is a fine application, to the best of my knowledge the only one that converts HTML directly to PDF. It's a sophisticated application which requires some close attention to use -- and that's only fair, given what it does. I think Michael Sweet has done an outstanding job.

Pros: Quick. Clever design (using HTML comments for things like page breaks). Versatile -- conversion can be controlled from the command-line or from within the HTML document. It *is* available as a true GPL product and as a commercial product -- I use the GPL version.

Cons: Table width is a tricky business, I think because PDF must be aware of the available width of a table, while it doesn't matter in HTML. Can't insert dynamic information into headers/footers yet (promised in 1.9, I believe, and eagerly awaited by this developer). Odd behavior of certain ancient tags, like _em_ and _strong_. However, these can be corrected by the script into which HTMLdoc is embedded.

A final note: The need for the environment variable HTMLDOC_NOCGI=yes is poorly documented. Without this, you won't be able to get HTMLdoc to work in a shell script.

Conclusion: An outstanding product.

29 Dec 2004 09:50 tvk

PDF generator
If you want to generate PDF documents on the fly, e.g. in web applications, this is the way to go. Make your script generate an HTML page and render it with HTMLDOC.

HTMLDOC works reasonably well and supports images, font colors, tables, etc.

And yes, it _is_ free software. You have to look at www.htmldoc.org to download the source, not at ESP's website.

28 Nov 2004 06:01 jeffcovey

Re: NOT GPL

> This is a commercial software despite
> the claims in this page.

No, it's available separately as a commercial product and a GPL one.


Sincerely,

Jeff

28 Nov 2004 00:57 snark

NOT GPL
This is a commercial software despite the claims in this page.

01 Jun 2004 20:48 michaelrsweet

Re: htmldoc


> Great program just wished it had font

> colors

> and maybe font size

You mean like the FONT element, or stylesheets?

01 Jun 2004 20:13 brianhood

htmldoc
Great program just wished it had font colors

and maybe font size

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