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DITA for Print by Leigh W. White

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What is a PDF plugin and why do you need one?

Out of the box, the DITA Open toolkit provides ANT build files, XSLT stylesheets, and Java executables that let you convert a collection of DITA topics into a variety of output formats, including PDF. The processing for each of these output formats comes bundled in set of plugins that you can extend and customize. In this book, we’ll explore how to create a plugin that customizes PDF processing.

"Do I need my own PDF plugin," you ask. Unless you think the out-of-the-box PDFs produced by the DITA Open Toolkit are just dandy, then yes—you need a PDF plugin. No question about it.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s the story with PDF plugins.

To customize PDF output, you could just ...

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