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PDF Properties

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PDF Properties


Using a custom set of XML tags inside your HTML, you can insert both custom metadata as well as instructions for how the PDF would be viewed in a PDF viewer application (subject of course to that application supporting those features).


You use the (optional) tag <pdfproperties> and within that tag you can insert <metainfo> and <pdfpreferences> sections as shown in the instructions below. Within the <metainfo> tag, you can add <prop> tags with @name, @value attribute pairs with the data you wish to store in the PDF metadata. Anything without one of the recognized, standard PDF names (author, title, subject, creator, keywords) are stored in custom metadata in the PDF.

The <pdfpreferences> section allows you to insert one or more <pref> tags with specific @name, @value pairs that control the way the resulting PDF is displayed with a viewer that supports standard PDF view attributes. The support name, @value pairs are listed below and grouped into all the available categories:

General PDF Options

These options let you control some general information about the generated PDF.

bookmarks - sets whether PDF bookmarks are generated or not. The default is "false" for Cloudformatter. You can set @value to "true" if you want bookmarks in PDF. Note that bookmarks are only generated for interpreted hierarchical information. All h1 elements and there following h2 elements and so on. Skipping levels will break the sequence and the bookmarks will not be correct.

pdf-version - sets the PDF version number. The default is version 1.5 for Cloudformatter but you set @value to values like "1.3", "1.4", "1.6" or "1.7" if you wish to change the version. Be aware thar some other features could be disabled by setting the version too low.

compress - sets whether the PDF is compressed or not. The default is "true" for Cloudformatter. You can set @value to "false" if you want uncompressed PDF.

linearize - sets whether the PDF is linearized or not. The default is "false" for Cloudformatter. You can set @value to "true" if you want to optimize a long PDF for web view.

PDF View Options

These options let you control how the PDF when opened appears to the end user.

view-mode - Choose from one of the following:

  • auto - If there are bookmarks in the document, the bookmarks pane is displayed. Otherwise, all auxiliary panes are hidden.
  • show-none - All auxiliary panes are hidden.
  • show-bookmarks - The bookmarks pane is displayed.
  • show-thumbnails - The thumbnails pane is displayed.
  • full-screen - The document is displayed in full screen-mode.

initial-zoom - Choose from one of the following:

  • auto - Page scaling is not specified.
  • fit - The page is scaled to fit completely into the view port.
  • fit-width - The page is scaled so that its width matches the width of the view port.
  • fit-height - The page is scaled so that its height matches the height of the view port.
  • ### or ####% - The page is scaled by the number or percentage specified.

page-layout - Choose from one of the following:

  • auto - Uses settings of viewer application.
  • single-page - Displays one page at a time.
  • continuous - Displays pages continuously in one column.
  • two-columns-left - Displays pages continuously in two columns, with odd-numbered pages to the left.
  • two-columns-right - Displays pages continuously in two columns, with odd-numbered pages to the right.
  • two-pages-left - Displays pages in two columns, by two pages at a time, with odd-numbered pages to the left.
  • two-pages-right - Displays pages in two columns, by two pages at a time, with odd-numbered pages to the right.

viewer-preferences - A comma separated list of the following possibilities:

  • hide-toolbar - Hides the viewer application's tool bars when the document is active.
  • hide-menubar - Hides the viewer application's menu bar when the document is active.
  • hide-window-ui - Hides user interface elements in the document's window (such as scroll bars and navigation controls), leaving only the document's contents displayed.
  • fit-window - Resizes the document's window to fit the size of the first displayed page.
  • center-window - Positions the document's window in the center of the screen.
  • display-document-title - Controls whether the window's title bar displays the document title taken from the "title" metadata field.

PDF Security

These options allow you to specify owner and user security in the PDF output. User-level security can inject a password to be used to open the PDF, while owner-level security can control what can be done with the PDF (like printing it or copying the data from it).

userpassword - Sets the user password that must be entered to view the PDF. There are no options, the @value passed is the password to be used.

ownerpassword - Sets the owner password that must be entered to enable advanced processing of the PDF. There are no options, the @value passed is the password to be used. An ownerpassword is used to lock down certain privledges that an owner will grant to a recipient of the PDF. Without the owner password, recipients can be restricted from certain things. By default they are restricted from everything, and you can then specify what additional things you allow by using userpriviledges.

userpriviledges - A comma separated list of the following possibilities:

  • print - Enables printing the document.
  • modify - Enables editing the document.
  • copy - Enables copying text and images from the document to the clipboard.
  • annotate - Enables adding notations to the document and changing the field values.

PDF Pre-Press Options

These allow you to specify crop marks, bleeds and registration marks to be applied to the PDF.

crop-offset - specify offsets from the meaningful content on the page to the edges of the physical media (/MediaBox entry in the PDF page dictionary). Its value is a series of 1 to 4 length specifiers that set offsets from the edges of the page area to the corresponding edges of the /MediaBox. Rules for expanding the value are the same as for the padding property in CSS.

bleed - specify the bleeds — an extra space around the page area into which the contents of the page may protrude (/BleedBox entry in the PDF page dictionary). Its value is a series of 1 to 4 length specifiers that set offsets from the edges of the page area to the corresponding edges of the /BleedBox. Rules for expanding the value are the same as for the padding property in CSS.

crop-mark-width - defines line width for the crop marks, setting it to 0 disables drawing of crop marks.

bleed-mark-width - defines line width for the bleed marks, setting it to 0 disables drawing of bleed marks.

printer-mark - specify additional SVG images to be drawn in the offset area surrounding the page (specified by crop-offset and bleed parameters). Printer marks are clipped to the outside of the bleed rectangle. The @value is a URL to an SVG you have. This sample has two URLs (one for a colorbar and one for a registration mark) you can also use if you like.

The following code is what is behind this page for producing the PDF. Of course, you would only see the things supported by your PDF viewer you use. If you wish to see them all in action, then use "download" and Adobe Reader to view the PDF.


Recent changes in some browsers will not treat this XML as XML. Instead it tries (incorrectly) to not close tags. For best results, be sure to use open and close tags and not a self-closing tag.

<pdfproperties style="display:none;">
        <prop name="author" value="Xportability LLC"></prop>
        <prop name="title"
            value="Xportability Cloudformatter: Showing Custom
            PDF Properties"></prop>
        <prop name="subject" value="A Cloudformatter Document"></prop>
        <prop name="creator" value="css2pdf@cloudformatter.com"></prop>
        <prop name="keywords" value="CSS, PDF, Cloudformatter"></prop>
        <prop name="custom1" value="value1"></prop>
        <prop name="custom2" value="value2"></prop>
        <prop name="custom3" value="value3"></prop>
        <prop name="custom4" value="value4"></prop>
        <pref name="bookmarks" value="true"></pref>
        <pref name="pdf-version" value="1.6"></pref>
        <pref name="view-mode" value="auto"></pref>
        <pref name="initial-zoom" value="fit-height"></pref>
        <pref name="page-layout" value="two-columns-left"></pref>
        <pref name="viewer-preferences" value="display-document-title"></pref>
        <pref name="crop-offset" value="0.5in"></pref>
        <pref name="crop-mark-width" value="1px"></pref>
        <pref name="printer-mark"
        <pref name="printer-mark"

Sample Output H2

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Sample Output H3

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Sample Output H4

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Sample Output H4

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Sample Output H3

Duo duo consequat clita. Velit et consetetur ipsum diam sed nihil vulputate et consetetur dignissim iusto. Sit no eirmod et sadipscing nostrud sadipscing nibh aliquip et et vero sadipscing et dolore dignissim sanctus. Enim rebum elit minim clita dolores. Consequat ipsum lorem consequat accusam amet et. Kasd sit ut no sit at eirmod duo consetetur dolore erat kasd ipsum blandit. Stet dolore euismod ipsum diam nostrud nulla takimata et et diam. Tation tempor erat sit invidunt sed accusam dolore. Et dolore et est nibh amet vel.

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Sample Output H4

Takimata ipsum aliquyam duo et dolor accusam dolore et invidunt. Gubergren consetetur sit consectetuer sed ut illum lobortis tempor et kasd. Et te duo elitr eum dolor sadipscing eirmod ut ut justo elitr gubergren takimata dolor sed elit ut amet. Ipsum et esse nulla. Ea consetetur sed sit ullamcorper dolore voluptua nulla dolor in iriure luptatum consetetur eum sit sed dolore duo dolor. Est eos et invidunt in eos invidunt no dolor dolor assum takimata vero et kasd elitr rebum invidunt. Justo sadipscing veniam eum et stet sit consequat hendrerit ea dolor velit consequat. Volutpat et sit. Aliquam erat consectetuer. Nonummy aliquyam lorem eirmod invidunt eos accumsan dolore eos rebum amet at et.

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Sample Output H4

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More Sample Output H2

Accusam dolore accusam elitr mazim tation sadipscing dolor. Erat iriure amet sit lorem nulla dolore et dolores consetetur eos ut duis sea tempor in amet sanctus gubergren. Consectetuer gubergren lorem ipsum lorem aliquyam est dolores at sanctus sadipscing nonumy at at. Lorem diam nulla. Sit sit vulputate stet et elitr odio eos at ut dolore iriure consequat. Dolor aliquip ipsum eum. Dignissim vero et luptatum suscipit dolore ut sadipscing elitr elitr eos nonumy et ipsum aliquip elitr amet. Autem congue clita diam takimata aliquyam. Aliquyam eos ut est tation vero praesent sit.

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Sample Output H3

Ut dolor gubergren justo vero dolor aliquyam diam. Sed amet tempor nam sed eirmod at duo duis ea tempor vulputate dolore sadipscing lorem justo lorem. Nonumy diam nibh voluptua tation in kasd voluptua. Clita erat dolore labore vero. Sed molestie eos et sea et tempor tation dolore sit rebum ea dolor et. Nulla lorem sea volutpat.

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Sample Output H4

Dolor consequat justo sed lorem et duis dolor lorem luptatum ipsum takimata dolor voluptua justo. Est vulputate et et lorem sit diam elit ea ipsum nonumy labore. Odio rebum invidunt illum diam dolor dolores eirmod dolore ut ipsum delenit doming et lorem commodo. Vero facilisi accusam elit et sanctus labore nisl clita dolor aliquam ipsum stet. Voluptua at diam ad et erat magna dolore sea dolor amet dolore tempor consequat et. Vel sed et lorem euismod sit stet ipsum accusam. Sanctus amet ea est ut labore et et accusam dolor accusam luptatum dolore iusto qui consetetur rebum dignissim. No ipsum vel et exerci iriure lorem et elitr hendrerit feugait option.

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Sample Output H4

Duo clita zzril et ea sed dolores diam. Nibh est dolore sed mazim ipsum gubergren labore ipsum. Dolores diam nisl wisi wisi accusam diam tempor magna nobis ipsum sadipscing labore justo et dolor facilisis duis eirmod. Accusam sed sadipscing dolor takimata labore et sea dolor diam sit est erat lorem sed ipsum. Zzril sit esse eros sed esse voluptua at eirmod nisl sadipscing vero diam. Lorem aliquyam takimata euismod nonumy invidunt sea et duo eos ea diam est dolores dolore feugait stet.

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Sample Output H3

Et zzril adipiscing eros velit iusto consequat lorem te consetetur aliquyam placerat. Augue elitr sadipscing invidunt aliquyam eirmod at. Dolores minim sed magna nonumy nibh lobortis amet kasd. Diam duis dolore minim esse vero option sed ipsum. Vero est ipsum et amet dolor feugiat. Nonummy nonumy eirmod est no accusam stet tempor sea erat aliquip sadipscing sed no dolore. Lorem sea kasd ipsum accumsan dolores est ea gubergren hendrerit. Clita ea accusam tempor sed ut labore dolor voluptua in facer laoreet. Duo ipsum justo est. Clita in ipsum ut dolores et ipsum tempor elit nibh kasd dolor in eirmod esse vero.

Tempor sea gubergren ut iriure vero kasd tempor eu duo accusam magna kasd magna amet amet suscipit augue. Euismod dolore est erat lorem ipsum laoreet at ipsum. Nobis tempor amet dolores sed dolore rebum est accusam amet at nonumy erat ipsum justo dolores lorem ipsum aliquyam. Iriure aliquip diam sea kasd at dolore suscipit eos invidunt sed elit tation ut. Magna liber rebum invidunt ipsum invidunt sed ut praesent mazim magna dolor erat lorem stet et et consetetur aliquam. Amet dolor in sanctus amet consectetuer tincidunt enim ut esse no. Amet eirmod eirmod et invidunt et.

Sample Output H4

Ea dolores eos labore rebum in feugiat feugait ut nonummy eirmod est. At aliquyam labore. Sea justo augue magna dolor amet. Et no eos. Nibh diam eirmod tempor erat ipsum rebum et eos euismod sed in. Rebum autem eos consectetuer tempor et sit elitr lobortis ex sed rebum ipsum invidunt assum.

Duo ut duo amet aliquyam consetetur takimata dolor tation ut clita dolor kasd labore et amet. Et clita diam sanctus eum eros lobortis sed at exerci facilisis et. Duo at et at exerci vulputate at sit ut ipsum minim elit sadipscing ipsum laoreet amet mazim erat erat. Feugiat esse ut eos et. Sit rebum lorem ipsum lorem stet erat illum dolores tempor rebum et rebum. Tempor erat magna no sit augue blandit euismod sed.

Sample Output H4

Et amet accusam stet ipsum et gubergren clita justo. Consetetur dolor rebum duo nisl tempor tempor magna hendrerit aliquyam. Ipsum eleifend luptatum tempor sed wisi diam et erat tempor tempor vero nonumy vero. No et in lorem est est nibh. Diam molestie duo feugait tation no no autem takimata blandit et magna amet aliquyam diam takimata consequat et.

Diam eos ad et consetetur et duis et te ut et lorem. Vel eirmod duis diam no ut rebum. Iusto rebum sed autem sadipscing sit lorem amet eos velit nam sit ipsum dolor est. Eros amet ipsum adipiscing diam nonumy accusam elitr et stet vero ex sit et vero dolore amet accusam. Elitr facilisis nonummy duo diam nulla diam. Iriure justo takimata hendrerit facilisi labore id commodo sadipscing erat et sea sit elitr dolore. Aliquyam facer labore dolore ea amet accumsan dolor consetetur tempor illum vel labore. Voluptua eirmod gubergren gubergren diam eos clita nulla enim dolores sit vulputate elit ut sit sit et. Consetetur magna eirmod voluptua lorem erat sit enim stet sanctus amet.