Integrating HTML_ToPDF

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Example


HTML_ToPDF is a PHP class that makes it easy to convert HTML documents to PDF files on the fly.

Since HTML_ToPDF converts HTML to PDF it is pretty easy to use a Flexy template to create the desired output.


function _cmd_pdf(&$input, &$output)
    SGL::logMessage(null, PEAR_LOG_DEBUG);
    parent::_cmd_view($input, $output);
    if (!isset($language) || empty($language) ) {
        $language = SGL_Translation::getLangID();
    $output->masterTemplate = 'reviewViewPdf.html';
    // Create a unique filename for the resulting PDF
    $linkToPDFFull = $linkToPDF = tempnam(SGL_PATH . '/www/review', 'PDF-');
    // Remove the temporary file it creates
    // Give it an extension
    $linkToPDFFull .= '.pdf';
    $linkToPDF .= '.pdf';
    // Make it web accessible
    $linkToPDF = basename($linkToPDF);
    $output->itemDetails = SGL_Item::getItemDetail(
        $output->leadArticle['reviewItemId'], null, $language, true);
    $view = new SGL_HtmlSimpleView($output);
    $url = SGL_BASE_URL . '/review/' . $linkToPDF;
    // Send the class our HTML and the defaultDomain for images, css, etc.
    $pdf = new HTML_ToPDF($view->render(), '');
    $pdf->setFooter('left', $this->conf['site']['name']);
    $pdf->setFooter('right', '$D');
    // Could turn on debugging to see what exactly is happening
    // (commands being run, images being grabbed, etc.)
    $result = $pdf->convert();
    if (is_a($result, 'HTML_ToPDFException')) {
        SGL::raiseMsg('HTML to PDF error: ' . $result->getMessage());
    copy($result, $linkToPDFFull);
    if (file_exists($linkToPDFFull)) {
        header('Location: ' . $url);