How to convert HTML to PDF

By Jeff Brand | October 14, 2014

2 minute read

HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a standard markup language used to create web pages. HTML is written in the form of elements which consist of tags (like <u> </u>), which primarily come in pairs, though can come unpaired as well. A web browser reads HTML documents and composes them into visible web pages. The browser does not display the HTML tags, but uses them to interpret the content of the page. HTML elements are the foundation of all websites. Almost all organizations today have websites and landing pages, which all require HTML. These websites often contain business-critical information. What happens if a website goes down and that content is irretrievable?

In addition, HTML has changed over time.  Significantly.

If you have an old HTML file from years ago and attempt to view it now, you’ll see it looks different.

Want to see it for yourself?  Try out the Internet Archive and see how old pages from your favorite web sites render in today’s browsers.

https://archive.org/web/

The specification has changed, and the way software vendors have interpreted the specification has changed as well.  (Microsoft and Mozilla are less likely to implement their own custom extensions on HTML, but each will implement variations based on the new standard, HTML5.)

Viewing HTML also depends on files that are often elsewhere on the internet and may no longer be available, and therefore represented by empty boxes where images once appeared.

By capturing your HTML in PDF, you can capture the content and appearance as it looks now, today, and for forever.

Converting your HTML documents to PDF

Adlib PDF accepts HTML as both an input and an output file format: HTML can be converted into PDF and other output file types, and other file types can be converted to HTML as well. With Adlib PDF, organizations can convert their HTML content into PDF as a backup to ensure the content is always available in case of issues with the website.

While not all document conversion programs accept HTML as both an input and output format, Adlib can render HTML files into PDF and a number of other outputs, and can also convert other file types into HTML format, giving users increased file flexibility. Adlib can also convert HTML files to PDF/A, the ISO standard for archiving. PDF/A files have small file sizes so storage isn’t an issue, and the text can be made searchable using OCR software.

The benefits of converting your HTML files to PDF with Adlib

Organizations can achieve a number of benefits by converting their HTML documents to PDF with Adlib PDF:

  • Converting business content to HTML: Adlib PDF can convert content for web display with the same ability to convert, combine, and enhance processes to material published online.
  • More file flexibility with input and output options: Adlib PDF can convert HTML files into PDF and other formats, and can also convert other file formats into HTML.
  • Effective archiving for the long term: By converting HTML files to PDF/A with Adlib, enterprises can rest assured their HTML content can be viewed several years from now without special viewing platforms, and meet archiving compliance standards at the same time.

Does your organization also deal with many other file types including DWG and TIFF files? Find out which other file types Adlib can covert to PDF in this datasheet.

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