Beautiful PDFs from HTML

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  • GitHub repo pdf

    Tutorial on paged.js

    Hi dang, hope you are well. May I kindly ask why not? I spent two weeks writing the CSS / HTML / JavaScript, and did well documented code - in fact the output serves as both documentation of the code and also output from it (in my own stupid way, I was thinking I was following Donald Knuth’s Literate Programming Approach :D).

    The repo ( contains all the necessary code and is intended for others to reuse in their projects. Some of it isn’t straightforward, despite the guide looking easy - I had to figure out how CSS selectors and counters work for example, how MathJax interacted with Paged.Js.

    I think the confusion comes from it being labeled as a “guide”, in fact it’s a full set of code to give the required functionality for high quality PDFs from HTML, using paged.js, the guide is just the self documentation as I figured I might as well use documentation for the sample output. Otherwise, I’d be genuinely curious on what constitutes Show HN vs normal posts?

    I think the repo description and the way the output is confusing / unclear - the primary goal is very much meant to be a code base for people to reuse as I’ve noticed for many programmers, the design side can be a bit more elusive.

    Separately, would it be possible to add beautiful back to the title - it’s not really about producing PDFs from html as browsers can already do that, and there are many other tools. The main aim is to have the functionality to produce very high quality typeset PDFs from HTML, which until now, I only felt PrinceXML did well and that’s a paid solution. Maybe we could say the title is “High quality PDFs from HTML using Paged.JS”? I know there has been a separate discussion on another thread on the overuse of the word beautiful in describing code - my view is that it has its place when it relates to output / UI.

    Thanks for reading, and no issues otherwise (no need to reply).

  • GitHub repo pagedown

    Paginate the HTML Output of R Markdown with CSS for Print

    I use pagedown all the time.

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  • GitHub repo ReLaXed

    Create PDF documents using web technologies

    A few years ago I started an alternative to PrinceXML called ReLaXed.js [1], it's always been sufficient for my reports but it may lack some pagination/layout features that Paged.js may have as they seem to have given this much more thoughts (still wrapping my head around whether paged.js could be "plugged into" Relaxed).


  • GitHub repo markdeep-thesis

    Write your (under)graduate thesis with Markdeep and typeset it right in your browser.

    There's also Bindery, a JavaScript library for book creation:

    On top of it and the in-browser Markdown renderer Markdeep, I've built a tool for typesetting undergraduate theses:

    And, coincidentally, I've written a blog post about controlling the settings in Chrome's "Print" dialogue with CSS just a few days ago (other browsers don't support many of the relevant features):

  • GitHub repo pandoc

    Universal markup converter

  • GitHub repo aviraldg

    (Somewhat) related self-promotion: I've found that converting from HTML(+YAML) to PDF is one of the best ways to create a resume. It's very easy to come up with a good design, you can separate data (YAML) and presentation (HTML and CSS), and also export different views over the underlying data with simple filters (e.g. when generating a resume to apply to a job, only include the experiences that are relevant)

    The code is pretty terrible, but you can see an example (my resume) here:

    * Data -

    * HTML -

  • GitHub repo MathJax

    Beautiful and accessible math in all browsers

    Hi, Adam here from Pagedjs. Pagedjs is MIT. Mathjax is Apache 2.0 and isn't part of our work :) Wonderful as it is...we can't claim credit for it! (We Love MathJax -

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  • GitHub repo breezy-pdf-lite

    HTML/CSS/JS in, PDF out, via Chrome

    I built, use, and maintain which uses Chrome to convert html to PDF’s as a web service. Maybe someone here will find it useful!

  • GitHub repo asciidoctor-web-pdf

    Convert AsciiDoc documents to PDF using web technologies

    Asciidoctor has a web PDF tool that just went alpha a little bit ago, uses the same stack as the OP's thingie.

    The content handoff goes like this: Asciidoc (using defined roles) generates HTML5 (Pagedjs polyfills page areas / pagination stuff), CSS styles stuff, and Puppeteer runs a headless Chromium for the pdf render. It's straight from CSS GCPM W3C spec, a flavor of CSS Paged Media, drafts that have been percolating since frickin' 2006 but have never seen browser implementation.

  • GitHub repo WeasyPrint

    The awesome document factory

    Yeah, in the Python world there's WeasyPrint for PDF out in the wild as well. It's quite slick, but it's a harder sell because of Python, which corporate types seem to think is bad hacker central.

  • GitHub repo SingleFile

    Web Extension for Firefox/Chrome/MS Edge and CLI tool to save a faithful copy of an entire web page in a single HTML file

    Regarding a library of HTML documents:

  • GitHub repo SnappySnippet

    Chrome extension that allows easy extraction of CSS and HTML from selected element.

    Somehow related: I find Snappy Snippet extension (for Chrome) very interesting. It's supposed to let you make a "live" screenshot of a DOM element. Unfortunately, I've not tried it much as I only rely on Firefox in day to day browsing.

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