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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

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Sample Output H4

Nulla dolores erat nonumy sanctus sit quis takimata illum hendrerit sit invidunt diam accusam voluptua eirmod hendrerit nostrud stet. Zzril hendrerit et vero sit accusam dolores ipsum sed rebum enim in. Ullamcorper sadipscing stet ea sed sed et diam. Sit consetetur justo feugiat ea dolores tempor nam aliquyam placerat magna nonumy aliquyam. Amet vero nonumy. Gubergren voluptua doming gubergren gubergren sed invidunt ut erat sadipscing iusto. Blandit justo labore clita eirmod et aliquip lorem vero sit dolores.

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More Sample Output H2

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Sample Output H3

Gubergren ullamcorper sit gubergren tempor dolor veniam. Lorem consetetur eu minim consetetur stet laoreet sed erat. Eos no sit erat commodo consetetur kasd gubergren. Augue gubergren nonumy rebum labore autem. Et et sanctus diam sit eu in magna no. Diam ipsum exerci duis eos vel stet gubergren et et voluptua velit no ut. Diam diam sit vero ea aliquyam iriure dolores eros ut aliquip. Dolor ad vulputate dolor option sed sadipscing lorem stet dolores sadipscing diam ea vero est. Eu eros eros stet iusto in justo lorem dolore takimata et clita aliquyam magna invidunt aliquyam. Et clita kasd labore dolor amet.

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Sample Output H4

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Sample Output H4

Et sit ut justo duo erat lorem. Ea dolore vel luptatum amet aliquyam duo stet duo. Tempor adipiscing vel dolores sit eirmod lorem sea amet et. Qui et dolor nonumy cum eirmod ipsum voluptua at ea ipsum clita dolore et dolore eos. Dolor voluptua labore luptatum clita aliquyam invidunt euismod eirmod sanctus eum quis facilisis sed. Lorem sit aliquyam. Elit autem elitr et invidunt invidunt exerci enim vulputate iusto rebum consetetur et ea. Takimata justo ea vel sea diam sit id delenit eu invidunt augue dolor. Cum sea ex sed dolore sanctus no gubergren illum.

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Sample Output H3

Clita soluta sit erat et dolore hendrerit. Amet kasd dolor nibh at ex consequat erat facilisis clita. Accusam ut diam eos aliquyam vero sit elitr voluptua consequat elitr invidunt. Sit amet tincidunt accusam ea nonumy. Delenit takimata dolores voluptua tempor accusam elitr diam rebum hendrerit. Diam diam ullamcorper est diam et facilisis et duis eu ex no. Vero at dolor sit sed voluptua duis rebum dolore accusam lorem autem aliquam eu eirmod no et kasd. Nobis amet et no magna elitr gubergren ullamcorper sed ipsum kasd sadipscing gubergren consetetur magna duo sed. Nibh clita tempor aliquyam nonumy et. Et sed diam facilisi elitr.

Ut nibh duis gubergren no et. Elitr justo in dolore ea ipsum nonummy consetetur esse labore rebum sea illum voluptua lorem diam dolore magna nulla. Consetetur ut hendrerit ipsum ut sed consectetuer eos dolor et tempor gubergren rebum sea labore sadipscing erat at vero. Erat at consequat duo sadipscing dolores diam accusam nisl tempor at lorem clita sit lorem tation vel facer dolor. Et lorem veniam eos sit lorem ad elitr sadipscing. Vulputate no duo nulla iusto justo gubergren accusam est consectetuer amet kasd dolor ea sed et feugiat labore ipsum. Rebum diam autem eu diam diam et stet dolores.

Sample Output H4

Lorem erat consequat vel lorem. Aliquip sea voluptua diam sed amet eleifend sed ipsum justo duis ea labore iusto nonumy vulputate eu ullamcorper nostrud. Nobis vulputate iriure invidunt lorem est dolore dolor dolor dolore labore dolor elitr sit. No aliquyam est lorem sed amet euismod sit sea tempor consequat dolore ut quod sadipscing delenit diam justo. Vulputate dolores quis invidunt et est dolores blandit eos eos ut consetetur vero et veniam aliquam no sed. Molestie eirmod diam dolor odio ipsum at laoreet autem labore.

Consetetur lorem et diam consetetur magna facilisis invidunt lorem consetetur diam soluta eros vero. Vero eu facilisi vero consequat tempor ipsum ex. Kasd lorem elitr nonumy consetetur sit et. Ea ullamcorper diam amet dolore consetetur luptatum nonumy lorem sadipscing takimata diam. Iriure voluptua lorem in dolor consetetur sed ipsum consetetur ipsum nostrud enim stet ea veniam diam.

Sample Output H4

Feugiat at eum vulputate nonumy kasd dolore sed molestie voluptua ex ut amet amet augue magna duo nonumy. Blandit elitr sea sed et dolor facilisi. Congue et aliquyam sit amet sea dolor ut sed rebum sanctus. Labore lorem kasd. Rebum facilisis sed aliquam enim sit quis sit eros. Et ipsum sed dolor delenit duis ad et invidunt velit est vero diam gubergren. Diam aliquyam takimata stet dolores ut facilisis dolore nulla rebum liber clita labore ut vel gubergren et. Ipsum invidunt lorem ea clita amet diam justo dolor justo nonumy eos in et.

Sed accusam lorem labore nostrud aliquip sadipscing et exerci et gubergren. Vel magna sanctus dolor eos rebum dolores tincidunt sanctus duo at sed nulla sed. No dolore mazim vero magna minim nonumy takimata eros at lorem labore. Vero eirmod hendrerit tempor diam labore euismod accusam dolore iriure labore diam nonumy. Sea gubergren kasd rebum no diam aliquyam et laoreet et diam facilisis sadipscing.