PDF export from Netsurf is a great feature.
I have just tried the PDF export with Netsurf r4912 (05 August 2008 10:00) -
on RISC OS 4.39 - and compared it with the same page printed to PDF via the
postscript printer driver and Ghostscript (Steve Fryatt's PrintPDF making it
a single process). The website I tested with is one I maintain -
Not entirely surprising with an early implementation there is are a couple of
problems with the Netsurf export - the text is wrapped to peculiar line
lengths and a monochrome gif image is inverted (white on black instead of
black on white). The benefit of the Netsurf export is that it accurately
represents the intended look of the page with a dark brown border and all the
text is rendered within the page.
The PrintPDF version crops the right side of the page losing some text,
probably because of absolute widths in the stylesheet for div.container,
div.left and div.content. Printing to a bitmap using !Sprinter shows the same
crop problem suggesting to me that this problem is either due to the RISC OS
printing system or Netsurf's printing routines. Could Netsurf's printing
routines overcome this problem? Should I log it on the bug tracker with an
The two pdf files are available from
and I could make the bitmap
print available as a gifs if required.