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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

Ut dolor dolor in ipsum sadipscing at ipsum ea ipsum diam justo lorem labore sit et amet lobortis. Et duo aliquyam sed at lorem at voluptua suscipit enim nisl lorem sadipscing sed no consetetur. Sit dignissim nisl dolores gubergren. Dolore elitr sanctus dolores et dolor stet justo eirmod est nonummy et lorem magna at et justo. Accusam et zzril sadipscing sadipscing magna. Diam facer lorem ipsum at lorem.

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Sample Output H4

Duo stet amet sed rebum. In iusto dolore duo. Gubergren diam accusam amet et dolores odio erat tincidunt volutpat dignissim sit. Diam amet sit sed dolor kasd te tincidunt erat eos minim dolor. Et ea eirmod takimata nonummy ipsum amet.

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Sample Output H4

Dolor eleifend vero justo luptatum sanctus rebum ipsum nonumy diam. Et voluptua accusam esse possim eros lorem at lorem accusam aliquip ut sed quod. Lorem duo lorem diam sed justo et ut rebum est ipsum ipsum invidunt consetetur eros erat. Diam sadipscing vero amet kasd sed tincidunt magna nonumy voluptua diam clita kasd et gubergren consetetur vero ullamcorper rebum. Clita et amet lorem sed takimata. Lorem diam duo aliquyam amet elitr. Ut autem vel erat eirmod nonummy at aliquyam dolore. Dolore iriure consequat dolore lorem et illum ullamcorper stet. Kasd sed at justo est lorem sadipscing magna in accusam erat consetetur invidunt facilisis elitr erat. Sadipscing praesent tempor takimata et mazim est consetetur enim lorem no.

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More Sample Output H2

Wisi magna eirmod dolore. Et dolor rebum et et ut blandit autem ullamcorper rebum est. Consectetuer accusam aliquyam amet lorem amet takimata stet erat kasd at eos commodo ea ut ut vel. Justo diam nulla quis vero vel illum qui dolore dolore dolore. At euismod consequat iusto ut soluta et et kasd invidunt sadipscing gubergren diam eum sea diam lorem labore. Et justo sed ad enim takimata duo dolore feugiat tempor vel consequat. Magna sea et lorem eirmod in magna commodo elitr kasd dolores. Sed gubergren lorem magna dolore elitr ea eum stet lorem aliquyam amet clita diam eirmod eos sed.

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Sample Output H3

Sadipscing sadipscing sed elitr rebum rebum lorem sit consequat lobortis lorem eirmod. Eum illum dolores tempor et dolore sanctus commodo zzril lorem ad consetetur molestie odio nulla eos augue euismod ad. Voluptua velit kasd sit. Ea eos ipsum accumsan in. Justo lorem amet invidunt accusam eu labore amet diam ut rebum euismod sanctus. Congue erat veniam et sea labore erat sanctus takimata. Ipsum eos nonumy amet dolores labore sea. Amet ipsum feugait enim.

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Sample Output H4

Et et et id esse sea stet at enim eirmod est. Eu dolor takimata esse vel. Nonumy voluptua diam invidunt sadipscing esse est hendrerit stet lorem accumsan iusto. Sit vero euismod laoreet consetetur sadipscing dolore ullamcorper et praesent et nostrud. Justo elitr sed consetetur ea amet minim tempor molestie sea velit et magna labore diam elitr. Zzril lorem takimata vero eos.

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Sample Output H4

Dolore est dolore ipsum no ad iriure sanctus vero no dolor nonumy magna dolor et. Amet no eos blandit molestie amet sit rebum eirmod sadipscing. No sit dolore dolor stet ipsum vero esse dolore stet gubergren. Euismod elitr dolore diam nulla rebum ipsum lorem accusam sanctus magna erat lorem clita lorem nonummy elit lorem. Ea dolores accusam et eirmod voluptua.

Dolor sed eirmod. Nonumy tincidunt amet euismod at vulputate te mazim amet duo nonumy vero lorem nonumy. Lorem dolor lorem wisi dolor sed te consetetur elitr tation te vero ipsum luptatum. Sit diam dolores accusam sea invidunt dolore sit ut invidunt eirmod magna et zzril sed feugiat erat lorem iriure. Aliquip lorem et.

Sample Output H3

Eum sed takimata et et sed erat voluptua at consequat elitr lobortis et magna et. Dolor nulla at stet magna sed no rebum hendrerit zzril at sanctus aliquip nonumy ipsum et. Vel elit laoreet amet sit no no laoreet lorem consetetur sit invidunt no sit. No eum ex ipsum magna aliquam. Sanctus ipsum mazim stet blandit amet at at invidunt nonummy ipsum at. Consectetuer facilisis est est nisl dignissim et doming aliquyam rebum sed enim justo at zzril eos. Duo sed nostrud aliquyam at justo dolor. Exerci sea dolores stet no tempor praesent.

Dolor nulla diam rebum. Sed eleifend magna diam diam nulla iriure amet. No dolores invidunt sit clita quis aliquyam dolore quis ipsum diam ipsum vero accusam feugiat tempor. Kasd dolore nostrud vero amet et accusam molestie et clita takimata dolor. Et et no wisi euismod wisi sanctus. Invidunt eos aliquyam nostrud eirmod eirmod suscipit amet dolores iriure ea nonumy stet aliquip.

Sample Output H4

Duo sea sit magna exerci dolore nobis dolor. Stet magna justo eos consetetur no dolores ea. Et no eu labore nulla amet erat eirmod minim sit nonumy sea duis velit takimata elit justo. Aliquyam quis labore sea possim nam sit at diam. Eros accumsan ea duo quod erat lorem lorem aliquyam amet sit dolor.

Esse labore dolor dignissim ea rebum stet vero feugait diam invidunt lorem eirmod vel eirmod. Assum sanctus accumsan sed duis. Dolor accusam labore justo consequat ipsum. Justo est sea nibh consectetuer assum accusam eirmod voluptua gubergren at. Consequat et duo et esse wisi tempor amet elitr aliquyam sanctus rebum sadipscing.

Sample Output H4

Dolore magna est sit at. Velit ut gubergren no dolor amet no ipsum ex clita nulla zzril consequat gubergren esse labore eirmod iriure. Lorem ipsum clita nonumy ea stet et accumsan dolor takimata sanctus est. Dolor et dolor in voluptua vero elitr nulla sed sit magna duo gubergren. Euismod stet clita ipsum eum feugait vulputate dolor sanctus nulla invidunt sit nonummy. Diam nonumy diam clita nisl et soluta et stet sit ut zzril assum nulla stet ut tation et aliquam.

Gubergren eros at dolore magna accumsan labore kasd. Possim aliquyam veniam sed sit et kasd voluptua et diam. Ad sit ea ut in accusam. Voluptua lorem justo et. Dolore sadipscing sit clita aliquyam ipsum facilisis ullamcorper. Eirmod sadipscing at eum nonumy gubergren sanctus.