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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

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Sample Output H4

Et magna amet aliquyam diam gubergren duis tincidunt sed at est eu consequat est iusto vero amet. Et velit enim accusam. Ut quod sit dolore kasd at diam vel est luptatum. Euismod et eos dolores ipsum stet gubergren dolor ut ut et no. At elitr vulputate. Vulputate ipsum quis veniam ut nonumy aliquyam eum at ut in amet amet sea. Facilisis sed aliquyam est nobis ea diam sea ipsum. Clita justo tempor no voluptua. Duo duo tincidunt gubergren eleifend diam in eos sed tincidunt. Diam eum accusam erat ut minim et sit labore kasd.

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Sample Output H4

Vulputate liber vero consetetur accusam sit lobortis nonumy kasd lobortis rebum elitr gubergren sed consetetur sadipscing in hendrerit esse. Ipsum dolore ipsum. Et hendrerit accusam tempor clita ipsum consetetur dolores ipsum voluptua et liber stet clita diam luptatum voluptua ipsum. Magna et molestie invidunt rebum sit et. Vel tempor amet magna stet ea sed kasd zzril takimata lorem sed duo amet.

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More Sample Output H2

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Sample Output H3

Nonumy accusam magna nisl sea vero lorem elit delenit vero et ipsum ipsum lorem. Zzril kasd duis lorem et hendrerit. Diam duis vero lorem rebum ipsum labore. Eirmod sit elitr dolore sed dolor ad eum takimata. Sanctus eos invidunt dolor duo in ipsum est vero dolore voluptua est tempor duo dolore consetetur aliquyam. Aliquyam no consetetur sit rebum vero.

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Sample Output H4

Sit consetetur consetetur nulla diam at nonumy et velit stet sit facer mazim dolor sed. Labore laoreet et dolore voluptua nonumy dolore clita esse. Nonumy zzril takimata duis consetetur te euismod lorem sed eu magna sed sit sanctus velit ipsum ipsum labore. Sadipscing consetetur nonummy rebum sanctus lorem ea eirmod eum labore diam clita ex nonumy ipsum dolore. Kasd consetetur amet nulla ea hendrerit facilisi eum nonumy consetetur sea duis iriure.

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Sample Output H4

Dolore tempor nonumy stet eos autem feugait nonummy rebum ut dolore rebum dignissim amet. Dolor dolor sit eu amet labore et erat exerci accusam accusam sanctus quis aliquyam. Enim ut et consequat et consequat stet at nonumy. Accusam erat rebum iriure eirmod illum sit dolores eu nobis stet dolor takimata tation ipsum dolor sea. Tincidunt dolores diam et ipsum et accusam veniam in. Lorem amet amet. Dolores vel dolore dolore takimata justo magna suscipit eirmod eirmod dolore imperdiet et dolores kasd. Labore sed voluptua aliquyam invidunt veniam kasd velit vero eu velit autem tempor duo. Facilisis duo diam eu consetetur sit et consetetur diam erat justo erat vel. Sit sit lorem amet sit amet dolor vero diam labore at et eirmod vero dolore stet sed. Esse nonumy et sed invidunt.

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Sample Output H3

Et est sea amet. Feugiat ex tempor ea et dolor clita nulla dolores est wisi. Eos ut et consequat autem vero dolor amet takimata tempor diam tempor et et. Dolor dolore rebum dolor aliquip et et lorem accusam elitr amet vero labore lorem dolor gubergren diam. Minim nonumy duo in amet et aliquyam takimata et ipsum sadipscing kasd lorem et amet est ut sit. Ipsum rebum placerat lorem ad nonumy consetetur ipsum duo qui dolor est. Lorem clita takimata et augue justo clita elitr accusam autem nulla lorem gubergren sed elitr duis vero clita tempor. Voluptua eirmod clita accusam diam lorem dolore accusam ipsum veniam labore dolor ipsum et nibh eirmod takimata labore. Ut cum feugait eleifend labore et augue lorem sed sit sed sea at tincidunt sit ut clita sit.

No et et nulla lorem gubergren sanctus sanctus sadipscing zzril est. Diam clita accusam magna et suscipit duis eirmod voluptua aliquam mazim nonumy. Eirmod dolor eum ipsum dolore dolor tempor justo tation gubergren amet illum sit no vero doming facilisi. Dolore sit dolor eirmod est accusam ea duo sanctus labore ipsum ut ut eos praesent illum. Stet stet hendrerit clita dolor dolores ipsum eleifend lorem iusto nonumy et iriure aliquam.

Sample Output H4

Elitr kasd iriure takimata dolores elitr erat duis dolor autem illum et eirmod no gubergren nulla. Placerat at eu magna et invidunt erat facer ut dolor. Kasd ipsum aliquyam dolore liber et et vel sadipscing at invidunt odio sea sadipscing sed dolor aliquip takimata. Consetetur aliquyam elitr dolor est amet erat. Elitr voluptua quis dolores sed vulputate odio takimata amet amet sit dignissim. Sadipscing augue ullamcorper enim est sea sanctus eirmod ut dolores dolor elit consetetur. Dolor justo diam elitr possim hendrerit kasd at iusto delenit takimata accumsan sit magna ut accusam dolore ex. Est dolor enim invidunt dolore enim tempor dolor praesent lobortis ut amet justo vel enim dolore eirmod. Vero dolore diam aliquyam sit voluptua sed takimata aliquyam clita ad duo.

Sit doming facilisi sanctus et. Takimata eum ut ea clita dolor amet ipsum eirmod nonumy stet sanctus sit dolores dolor. Gubergren at ut placerat consetetur consetetur dolor at at amet eros amet lobortis in erat minim kasd accusam ipsum. Diam tincidunt duo ea aliquyam nostrud duo sed ipsum. Amet ea duo at. Eu lobortis commodo et diam vulputate vero vel clita quod sit in et. Ut amet eu amet. Consetetur aliquip sea tempor clita sit. Clita voluptua lorem duis duis sit euismod nonumy rebum sea magna blandit commodo no duo et sanctus possim erat. Ipsum aliquyam ipsum aliquyam. Dolor volutpat feugiat ut et amet invidunt et ut facilisis praesent doming magna magna.

Sample Output H4

Diam wisi exerci consectetuer kasd invidunt esse te ea dolor ea et et vero magna imperdiet justo consetetur. Et stet lorem nonumy takimata sit duis sit ipsum consequat nisl quod nulla vero ut. Et erat et eu. Dolor et vel tincidunt invidunt tempor velit feugiat commodo sanctus et eirmod luptatum stet invidunt. Ut tempor stet et nonumy no. Eum nibh at sea adipiscing dolor eu at dolore ea eirmod diam sed qui duo accusam sea et. Lorem autem magna ullamcorper takimata quis elit et facilisi dolores sit sit nonumy.

Eirmod dolor eu. Sadipscing molestie eu no est eos at tempor erat eirmod voluptua labore clita tation dolore gubergren praesent. Accusam blandit gubergren dolor sed at no voluptua justo duis. Rebum feugiat dolore et aliquyam enim ipsum dolores dolore voluptua eirmod erat vero hendrerit et. Praesent et lorem consectetuer ipsum erat sed diam kasd sit aliquyam takimata facilisi suscipit. Eirmod erat magna no at diam suscipit. Sit in sadipscing invidunt velit odio hendrerit.