This probably won't be any use, but here it goes anyway: pdftotext (part of the xpdf pdf viewer) can programmatically convert pdf to "formatted" txt. All it takes is system (\"pdftotext -layout -enc UTF-8 \"$infile\" \"$outfile\"")
It approximates the original layout by inserting spaces in the txt.
As you need HTML, you're probably better off with pdf2svg, this is just a note in case pdf2svg fails or whatever.
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