Firefox: Render .PDF With HTML5 And JavaScript

By | June 16, 2011 | 4 Comments


Firefox: Render .PDF With HTML5 And JavaScriptThe future looks good.

There is some good news floating around about the future of web browsers. As of today, web browsers rely on native code plugins to display PDF files, like Adobe’s PDF reader or Foxit reader. However, this is about to change.

Fortunately for all of us, the web is quickly embracing the new technologies, and thanks to that, guys at pdf.js team plan to create a Firefox extension aka a built in PDF reader which uses HTML5 to render the documents.

The good news?

This is not the Firefox exclusive software. Actually, pdf.js is an open source project which can be embraced by pretty much everyone, including other web browser vendors.

So here you have it. What are we waiting for?

[Thanks, Daniel Hendrycks]


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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

  • http://twitter.com/DanielHendrycks Daniel Hendrycks

    Here’s the project Twitter page: https://twitter.com/#!/pdfjs

  • Anonymous

    And Chrome had this since?

    It’s not native it’s still an extension

    • http://twitter.com/bricky149 Shane Bundy

      But at least browser vendors can integrate it if they wish.

      • Anonymous

        Yes you are right.

        But at least they developed and optimized it.