[scribus] PDFs not working with screen reader

Julian Robbins julian.robbins at q-par.com
Tue Nov 24 14:06:45 CET 2009

> I have been experimenting with the tools that the script uses, but with no
> difinitive results, yet.
> As I said in my previous reply, the script produces problems of its own. In
> essence, it converts a PDF to a PS file, uses some compression on the
> images, and then converts it back to PDF. The first step strips off any PDF
> annotations like clickable links from the file, which would be more
> difficult to reinstate than I care to deal with,
> The second problem is that I already reduce the resolution of any images I
> use to the minimum I can get away with, and I don't want any further
> reduction in quality. In fact, if I use the script's default resolution
> settings, I can end up with a file that is larger than the original,
> because my resolution settings are aleady less than the script's default.
> There may be a clue to the problem in the pdftops tool which the script
> uses, but in this case that script itself is not the tool for the job.

I missed your original reply sorry.

I'm not an expert, but it may be worth investigating tweaking the script
so that no image compression is used. There are different profiles on
the conversion to ghostscript, which will help.

But yes, it does lose things like hyperlinks etc - I cant see anyway
around that.

I cant really see what else you can try sadly.  Perhaps its worth
persevering with after all ...

Kind regards

Julian Robbins

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