SVG Pretty Printer
This page describes the features of the SVG pretty printer utility that comes with the Batik distribution. The SVG pretty printer is a utility that can format SVG files. The tool formats an SVG document according to the arguments passed on the command line.
Downloading the pretty printer
Pretty printing an SVG file
The method for starting the pretty-printer depends on the distribution of Batik that you chose to download. The following describes how to run the pretty printer for each distribution.
Using the binary distribution
If you downloaded the binary distribution of Batik, you should have a file called batik-1.6.zip (or similar), and, after expanding that file, a jar file called batik-svgpp.jar. To start the pretty printer, open a console, change to the directory where you expanded the distribution (and where batik-svgpp.jar is located) and simply type the following at the command prompt:
java -jar batik-svgpp.jar [OPTIONS] FILES
For example, if you type:
java -jar batik-svgpp.jar samples/batikFX.svg
you will see the indented document written to standard output.
For the options:
java -jar batik-svgpp.jar -tab-width 2 -newline cr-lf src.svg dest.svg
will format src.svg and write it to dest.svg using a tabulation width of 2 and Windows-style newlines, and:
java -jar batik-svgpp.jar -no-format -doctype change -public-id "-//W3C//DTD SVG 1.1//EN" \ -system-id "http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/1.1/DTD/svg11.dtd" src.svg dest.svg
will format src.svg and write it to dest.svg unchanged, except for the doctype public and system IDs, which will be replaced by those specified.
Using the source distribution
If you downloaded the source distribution of Batik, you will have a zip or tar file that expanded into a directory called xml-batik or batik-version. In that directory, you can find build scripts for the platform you are running on. For example, there is a build.bat script for users of the Windows platform and there is a build.sh script for UNIX users.
To start the pretty printer you should:
Make sure that your JAVA_HOME environment variable is set to your JDK installation directory.
Open a command line window and go to the xml-batik or batik-version directory where the Batik distribution was expanded.
For windows, type the following at the command prompt:
and for Unix:
This will print out a help message for the pretty printer.
You can pass options to the rasterizer as follows, for Windows:
build svgpp [OPTIONS] FILES
and for Unix:
./build.sh svgpp [OPTIONS] FILES
Refer to “Using the binary distribution” for an explanation of these options.