HTML TO PDF USING PHP
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A Web page can be localized, delivering different content based on the surfers preferred language. A Web page may deliver forms for user input.
The PDF standard also supports forms, so wouldn't it be nice to be able to generate an interactive document?
It is as simple as using the 'forms' setting to turn on this feature. There are also times where you will want to do more than just provide a copy of a Web page as a PDF document.
You may want to change its formatting, set a specific page size for printing, etc Add your own headers and footers to the pages. Change the display by providing your own CSS to over-ride the default delivered content. Add your own stamps and watermarks to the document.
A stamp is content in the foreground and a watermark is content in the background. It is important to note here that content in the background will not be seen if the Web page does not have a transparent background.
The PDF document itself has many standards which you may want to make use of, like setting meta data, permissions or encryption. I would recommend reading the reference. What I want to see in the future is support for converting multiple HTML pages into one complete PDF publication with chapters and an automatically generated table of contents. This will give us the ability to take Web content which is displayed in parts over multiple pages and present it as a publication, viewable in any tablet or reader which supports PDF documents.
Simple PHP example code to convert HTML webpages to PDF
We have the capability to do this, however if it is worth spending the time and money required to implement it will be determined if there is a need.
If this is something you would also like to see in the future, let me know in the comments below.
Supporting not only the latest web standards but also supporting the standards and features available in PDF documents. It accepts a filename or the URL of a webpage as its argument.
There are number of configuration options that we can set to make Dompdf more suitable for our real-world needs. Make sure this location is writable by the web server account. Perhaps we want to save the generated PDF document to disk instead of sending it to the browser. It too accepts an optional options array, but the only option available is compress the default is true.
We can add text, lines, images, rectangles, etc. All drawing will be recorded into that object and we can add this object to all or selected pages though there are limitations. Next we fetch the actual width and height of the page to calculate the coordinates of the footer we intend to add.
Also, we need to provide a font object while we add text contents. The line method draws a line from point X1,Y1 to X2,X2.
Notice that the color value we provided is not an actual RGB value. To get a better approximation, you can divide it by Data science time!
I always like to learn something new. If your needs are greater than the limits of the free package, they also provide economical premium packages where you can find the right one at the right price. If you wish to create a pdf from php, pdflib will help you as some others suggested.