Getting Started

Installing, configuring, and launching Oxygen PDF Chemistry from a command line.

What is Oxygen PDF Chemistry?

Oxygen PDF Chemistry allows you to obtain PDF output from HTML or XML documents simply by styling them with CSS. It is a CSS Paged Media processor based on the open-source Apache FOP XSL-FO engine. Its main purpose is to provide you with a simple tool that allows you to leverage your CSS knowledge to create printable deliverables. While the support for fancy formatting is limited, it is a great processor for generating technical documentation.

Using CSS for Print

While CSS was designed as a language to style web pages, it turned out to be a good candidate to also format printed materials. The so called CSS paged media module was thus added to the existing standard by W3C.

New concepts added by this module include:
  • Page size
  • Page breaks
  • Headers and footers
  • Footnotes
  • Links containing the target page number
  • Leaders that are used to fill spaces
For more information, see the following paged media specifications:
Note: There are many other processors that implement paged media standard: Prince XML, Antenna House, PDF Reactor.