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4. Creating PDF and Other Editions > 47. Print Over the Internet

Print Over the Internet

Print via HTTP by submitting your print streams as HTML form data.

Printing over the Internet brings the way people like to read and write to the way we plumb information in the 21st century. The idea is to enable authors to create documents using their favorite editor and then print it to a web site. Once on the web server, the PostScript print stream can be converted to PDF and posted online for reading or downloading. In this scenario, the author controls the source document and is responsible for maintenance.

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This hack uses HTTP file submission to transfer PostScript to a web server. A more formal solution would use CUPS (http://www.cups.org). For a CUPS-based PDF creation server, try Alambic (http://alambic.iroise.net). Alambic supports HTTP and SMTP interfaces.


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