What is a PDF plugin and why do you need one?

Out of the box, the DITA Open toolkit provides ANT build files, XSLT stylesheets, and Java executables that let you convert a collection of DITA topics into a variety of output formats, including PDF. The processing for each of these output formats comes bundled in a set of plugins that you can extend and customize. In this book, you’ll explore how to create a plugin that customizes PDF processing.

"Do I need my own PDF plugin," you ask. Unless you think the out-of-the-box PDFs produced by the DITA Open Toolkit are just dandy, then yes—you need a PDF plugin. No question about it.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s the story with PDF plugins.

To customize PDF output, you could just ...