Antenna House Formatter

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Antenna House Formatter
Original author(s)Antenna House Co., Ltd[1]
Developer(s)Antenna House
Initial release22 November 2000 (2000-11-22).[2]
Stable release
V7.2 MR2 / December 17, 2021; 21 months ago (2021-12-17)[3]
Written inC++
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

Antenna House Formatter (AH Formatter) is a proprietary software program that uses either XSL-FO[4][5][6] or Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)[7][8][9] to convert XML and HTML documents into PDF, SVG, PostScript, XPS, text, and Microsoft Word formats.[10] It supports 30 scripts and over 80 languages.[11]

AH Formatter is developed by Antenna House Co., Ltd,[1] based in Tokyo, Japan. International sales and support is provided by Antenna House, Inc.,[12] based in Newark, DE, USA.


The first English-language release of "Antenna House XSL Formatter" was announced on the XSL-List mailing list on 22 November 2000.[2]

Antenna House XSL Formatter V1.2 Alpha was one of six XSL Formatters that provided the test results[13] for the test suite for the XSL 1.0 Candidate Recommendation that was required for XSL 1.0 to proceed to the Proposed Recommendation stage.

In December 2008, Antenna House Co., Ltd announced[14] the availability of Antenna House Formatter V5.0 with support for both XSL-FO and CSS. The product supporting both XSL-FO and CSS was released as "AH Formatter", and single stylesheet language versions were released as "AH XSL Formatter" and "AH CSS Formatter".


Antenna House Formatter is used, for example, to generate PDF from JATS,[15][16][17] DITA[18][19] or DocBook[20] XML.

AH CSS Formatter is used in the "md2pdf"[21][22] GitHub project for Markdown to PDF conversion.


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  3. ^ "AH Formatter V7.2 MR2 is released". 17 December 2021.
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  8. ^ "Converters, tools and services — 1.5.1 documentation - CSS Paged Media Tutorial and Showcase - Andreas Jung, ZOPYX". Archived from the original on 2018-01-21. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  9. ^ Kleinfeld, Sanders (6 August 2013). "The Case for Authoring and Producing Books in (X)HTML5". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ "AH XSL/CSS Formatter - XML or HTML to PDF".
  11. ^ "AH Formatter V7.1 - Overview".
  12. ^ "Format. Standardize. Automate". Antenna House.
  13. ^ "XSL CR Test Suite -- Test Coverage".
  14. ^ "News Release [Antenna House Formatter V5.0] CSS and XSL-FO".
  15. ^ Katoh, Keishi; Kobayashi, Tokushige; Kitazawa, Mitsuru (11 May 2018). "Reducing costs and expanding XML submissions with PDF to JATS conversion". National Center for Biotechnology Information (US) – via
  16. ^ Nakanishi, Hidehiko; Naganawa, Toshiyuki; Tokizane, Soichi; Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi (11 May 2018). "Creating JATS XML from Japanese language articles and automatic typesetting using XSLT". National Center for Biotechnology Information (US) – via
  17. ^ Tokizane, Soichi (11 May 2018). "Implementing XML for Japanese-language scholarly articles". National Center for Biotechnology Information (US) – via
  18. ^ "DITA Open Toolkit".
  19. ^ "DITA-related Software Tools". 11 February 2014.
  20. ^ "XSL-FO processors".
  21. ^ "Convert Markdown documents to PDF".
  22. ^ "Markdown to PDF Conversion Using AH Formatter" (PDF).