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PDF vs. HTML for invoice generation
since your source is a database, an alternative is going the whole hog, and get a report generator product suitable for your DB. Report generators have the capability to produce invoice and other summary reports, and can output in a variety of formats, including pdf usually. crystal reports is probably overkill and costly, but there are opensource alternatives. search for "report" in a opensource project repository.
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