Posted By: cletus
I have an HTML (not XHTML) document that renders fine in Firefox 3 and IE 7. It uses fairly basic CSS to style it and renders fine in HTML.
I’m now after a way of converting it to PDF. I have tried:
- DOMPDF: it had huge problems with tables. I factored out my large nested tables and it helped (before it was just consuming up to 128M of memory then dying–thats my limit on memory in php.ini) but it makes a complete mess of tables and doesn’t seem to get images. The tables were just basic stuff with some border styles to add some lines at various points;
- HTML2PDF and HTML2PS: I actually had better luck with this. It rendered some of the images (all the images are Google Chart URLs) and the table formatting was much better but it seemed to have some complexity problem I haven’t figured out yet and kept dying with unknown node_type() errors. Not sure where to go from here; and
- Htmldoc: this seems to work fine on basic HTML but has almost no support for CSS whatsoever so you have to do everything in HTML (I didn’t realize it was still 2001 in Htmldoc-land…) so it’s useless to me.
I tried a Windows app called Html2Pdf Pilot that actually did a pretty decent job but I need something that at a minimum runs on Linux and ideally runs on-demand via PHP on the Webserver.
What am I missing, or how can I resolve this issue?
Please note that this answer was written in 2009 and it might not be the most cost-effective solution today in 2019. Online alternatives are better today at this than they were back then.
Here are some online services that you can use:
Have a look at PrinceXML.
It’s definitely the best HTML/CSS to PDF converter out there, although it’s not free (But hey, your programming might not be free either, so if it saves you 10 hours of work, you’re home free (since you also need to take into account that the alternative solutions will require you to setup a dedicated server with the right software)
Oh yeah, did I mention that this is the first (and probably only) HTML2PDF solution that does full ACID2 ?