[Melbourne-pm] unicode html->pdf?

Guy Morton guy at alchemy.com.au
Tue Oct 23 22:18:05 PDT 2007

Hi Mathew

Trouble is, I need the file on the server because I email it out from  

There's this


Which actually does a pretty nice job but it's commercial software  
and not cheap ($1120 at current exchange rates). If I had a few  
clients needing it i'd spread the cost around, but I don't.


On 24/10/2007, at 1:37 PM, Mathew Robertson wrote:

> Hi,
> I have also been in the same situation, but I cant offer any tried- 
> and-tested solution.
> PDF::API2 will do UTF8, but getting that to work with template- 
> driven sites is next to impossible.  This is ignoring the fact that  
> most sites now use some javascript to do the right thing.
> The only solution which may work is to automate/script firefox so  
> that it loads the website, then calls the print handler to print a  
> PDF.  You could use one of the Firefox extensions for scripting a  
> page-download (eg: http://www.dbai.tuwien.ac.at/user/pollak/ 
> webpagedump), but hack it to print to a PDF printer (rather than  
> save to disk).
> cheers
> Mathew
> Guy Morton wrote:
>> I've been struggling with this for a while so I thought I'd ask here
>> to see if someone else has come across this problem and found a
>> workable solution.
>> I have a client for whom I maintain a number of html-formatted
>> document templates. These are editable via a web interface using the
>> tinyMCE editor, which is very groovy and which works well. I use TT
>> to render these templates into documents for further processing into
>> PDFs.
>> HTMLDOC is the application I've used in the past to convert these
>> documents into PDF, however it does not support unicode and therefore
>> cannot render chinese characters in documents.
>> So, what I need is a way to convert my utf-8 charset HTML-formatted
>> documents into PDF.
>> Anyone got a suggestion as to what might work?
>> Guy
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