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writting pdf from jsp page

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how could i write a pdf from a jsp page and open that pdf in browser...i need sample code for  that. I have tried response.setContentType("application/pdf"); but it not working .may be i am missing someting
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Just setting the content type won't magically turn your HTML into a PDF document.
Content type is only an indiciation to the client of what sort of document to expect.

To generate PDF documents, you need to use a library such as IText: http://www.lowagie.com/iText/
JSPs won't help.
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I have used Itext libtary also and follwoed all instructions written over there , only difference is they described the process from generating Pdf from servlet but i used jsp. I was able to create the pdf in ny local drive and render the content in that from jsp but when i am trying to open it in browser by setting content type in response it is not working...it is throwing an acrobad reader error when the respone is coming back and trying to open the pdf
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it is done...ultimately i made it work
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The problem is that a JSP page is designed to return plain text.
Every carriage return in a JSP file gets put into the output stream.

If you are trying to put a pdf document - or indeed any type of file out via the outputStream, those carriage returns can cause mayhem - corrupting the file.  The safest option is to do it as a Servlet - indeed that is what servlets are for.

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