There are lots of possibilities for exporting MediaWiki articles as PDF documents.
Some further developments I want to outline here:
Wiki as the central source of knowledge
There are many good reasons for supplying a Wiki with a PDF export facility:
- Extracts, logs, check lists or short descriptions may be needed on paper or may need to be sent via e-mail.
- Whole topics or areas of knowledge may need to be made into brochures or books so they can be available, for example, on the website for users, service providers and partners, or offline for field staff.
- Intermediary versions of handbooks might need to be kept, for example, to supplement contracts and invitations to tender or as documents giving a basis for auditing.
Using a wiki as a central medium here has the obvious advantage that rather than having innumerable PDF documents flying around, the texts can be developed in the wiki and kept up to date. The PDF export function will then give out the most up to date version.
How to create my first PDF export
If you want to add a PDF export facility to a wiki, first work out whether you just want the readers to be able to export individual articles as PDFs or if you want to give them the opportunity to put together a selection of articles in a “book”. The second option is a more technologically complex.
Furthermore, decide whether the firm’s CI should be used and how far you want to go with providing the user templates. Will the PDFs always have the same layout? Do they have, for example, the same coversheet? As soon as this is decided you can get started.