Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

What would you like to convert your PDF files into?

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When we built our PDF to HTML5 convertor, we tried to make it as ‘agnostic’ as possible and put the HTML5 specific code as low as possible. This means that the HTML5 related items are essentially in 3 Java classes (with most of the logic which does the work being generic). This makes it easier to enhance and maintain the HTML5 and continue to improve the code.

It also means that it would be straight-forward to replace the HTML5 implementations of these classes with something else. So we could build a PDF to SVG convertor, PDF to XML, or even a PDF to Postscript engine (an attractive possibility to to bypass the limitations of Java Printing). We already have one little ‘inhouse project’ (which will appear shortly)….

But what would you like to see? What formats would you most like to turn your PDF files into? 

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Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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