[Ma-linux] [Fwd: [Dclug] PDF Peculiarities]
janina at rednote.net
Mon Feb 18 12:39:56 EST 2008
> On Mon, 2008-02-18 at 11:25 -0500, Janina Sajka wrote:
> > So, what version pdf? What does pdfinfo say? My guess remains a mismatch
> > between the PDF used in the document, and the version various apps
> > support. For instance I believe Xpdf hasn't been updated in a very long
> > time. I could be wrong, of course.
> > Janina
> Could be wrong?
> xpdf(3.02) can handle the file just find.
> While xpdf(3.01) was/is broken.
> "pdfinfo" reports the following on a copy of the file.
> $ pdfinfo Documents/citizensguide2008.pdf
> Title: The Federal Governments Financial Health
> Subject: A Citizens Guide to the 2007 Financial Report of the
> U.S. Government
> Keywords: A Citizens Guide to the 2007 Financial Report of the
> U.S. Government
> Creator: Adobe InDesign CS2 (4.0.5)
> Producer: Adobe PDF Library 7.0
> CreationDate: Wed Feb 13 14:21:45 2008
> ModDate: Thu Feb 14 09:21:15 2008
> Tagged: yes
> Pages: 12
> Encrypted: no
> Page size: 612 x 792 pts (letter)
> File size: 3071549 bytes
> Optimized: yes
> PDF version: 1.5
> IOW it's a "standard" Adobe 7.0 level pdf document, that just happens to
> use a lot of the newer features of the pdf format.
Precisely. And how well integrated are these in the various apps that
render PDF? Apparently, there's a different look depending on which app
you use to look at this doc. As of this writing, none of the Adobe
incorporated a11y support is exposed by any Linux app, though Adobe
Reader claimed that some months ago.
Shouldn't the doc "look" the same, regardless of rendering app? So, if
it doesn't, there's less than stellar support for all these new
PS: We'll continue to have a hard time getting Linux on the Federal
desktop when a11y remains so unsupported.
PPS: The latest hope is to support pdf a11y in Evince, but that hasn't
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