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Converting HTML to PDF... the quickest solution

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I've got a nasty little dynamically generated report in PHP that has a number of charts on it. I'm looking for the quickest (and most portable) way to convert this document into a PDF. I don't care if it converts the whole thing into an image page-by-page... I just want the quickest way to convert this document.

I can't use DOMPDF because my server does not have the DOM extension installed and I can't guarantee that the server this project moves to will have it either.
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Ray Paseur earned 2000 total points
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HTML is a markup language - it deals with semantics.  PDF is a page-layout language - it deals with positioning.  These are not like apples and oranges, they are more like fish and bicycles.  They are just two completely different things.

You can use the excellent FPDF class to write a PDF.  It takes a lot of work to get the PDF set up at first, but the class is blazingly fast and highly portable.  Here is the "hello world" exercise in FPDF.
<?php // RAY_fpdf_hello_world.php


// DEMONSTRATE THE BASICS OF FPDF


// BRING IN THE PDF THING
require_once('fpdf16/fpdf.php');

// SYNTHESIZE THE PDF FILE NAME
$pdf_file_link	= '/junk/' . 'temp_pdf_color' . '.pdf';
$pdf_file_name	= getcwd() . $pdf_file_link;

// DO THE HELLO WORLD EXERCISE IN WHITE ON A BLUE BACKGROUND
$pdf=new FPDF();
$pdf->AddPage();
$pdf->SetFont('Arial','B',16);
$pdf->SetFillColor(0,0,255);
$pdf->SetTextColor(255,255,255);
$pdf->Cell(40,10,'Hello World!',0,2,'L', TRUE);

// WRITE THE PDF TO DISK
$pdf->Output($pdf_file_name,'F');

// PRESENT A LINK
echo "<a target=\"my_PDF\" href=\"$pdf_file_link\">PDF</a>\n";

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I found two interesting options. PDML is a markup language assists in simpler layouts. FPDF is the other. I'm going to give your suggestion a go and report back.
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While not exactly the fastest (took me about 8 hours to produce the PDF I wanted), FPDF is the best solution. It even works on my clients GoDaddy server (gag).
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