[scribus] Searchable old style numbers in PDFs

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 24 22:32:43 UTC 2011

On 07/20/2011 08:39 AM, Ipacs Péter wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I'm new to this mail list and also I'm not a Scribus expert either so please
> forgive me if I ask dumb questions.
> I got a beautiful OTF font, that has small numbers (old style
> numbers) embedded. The only way (I know about) to insert small numbers into
> a document is to use the insert glyph feature so that's what I do, I browse
> for the needed glyph and I insert it.
> When it comes to printing the document Scribus insert the font outline into
> the PDF and renders it flawlessly. However, the small numbers are
> not searchable as normal numbers. Please take a look on the attached PDF.
> I was wondering how could I resolve this problem and the only way that come
> to mind is to somehow replace the generated "embedded text" or individual
> characters into the PDF with searchable characters. Not sure
> my explanation makes sense to you, I just hope so:)
> I did search for a solution but had no luck at all.
> What do you think, is there any way to reach the desired effect? Having
> small number glyphs but replacing the "underlying text" with real arabic
> numbers.
The bigger problem we have is that in general you can't enter a Unicode 
value in the Search dialog. I thought that there was a feature request 
for this some time back, IIRC. For all I know, this may also extend to 
Adobe Reader as far as not recognizing/finding these characters.


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