[scribus] APPLE MAC to linux charset issue for PDF annotation
jluc at no-log.org
Sat May 30 06:27:17 UTC 2020
AMOF the friend's computer is an Apple Mac (not Windows)
and uses Mac default PDF viewer as an annotation tool.
I didnt manage to install wine to try Acrobat Reader
but could use it on another old computer with windows.
Acrobat Reader DC opens the document and displays all annotations with no charset corruption.
(BTW it's surprisingly uneasy to use).
On Ubuntu i also tried to read the document with Chromium :
this provides better results on linux than Okular or Evince.
The annotation is not fully scrambled, only the accenctuated or special glyphs.
So i can read it.
I send here a page of the document :
It features 5 annotation : the first is OK, the 2nd, 3d and 5th have charset issues
and appear as 3 scrambled glyphs.
The 4th annotation reads fine but it could be it is shortened (not sure).
Le 30/05/2020 à 07:21, William Bader a écrit :
> I think that text annotations are just text without a font, and the PDF
> viewer decides how to display them.
> I am looking at "PDF 32000-1:2008", section 184.108.40.206 Text Annotations,
> page 394
> Specifying fonts in resources in annotations might not be valid.
> Do the annotations view correctly with Acrobat?
> I think that evince and okular both read PDFs with poppler.
> Can you post a small PDF with an annotation that does not view correctly?
> Regards, William
> On Fri, May 29, 2020 at 5:33 PM John Jason Jordan <johnxj at gmx.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, 29 May 2020 18:00:42 +0200
>> JLuc <jluc at no-log.org> dijo:
>>> It's about a scribus created pdf but this is not strictly related to
>>> scribus : A friend on windows has proofread and annotated a scribus
>>> PDF document. When opening it on Ubuntu, some of the notes are OK
>>> readable, but some other are scrambled and some other seem to be cut
>>> in the middle of the text.
>>> It could be related to notes having accenctuated or special characters
>>> as " or « because none of the readable notes has such accenctuated
>>> characters afaict. I've tried with Evince and Okular.
>>> Do you have an advice on how to access correctly these notes on linux ?
>>> (Or on how to fix that in the annotation tool on windows ?)
>> When characters don't appear correctly in a PDF it's usually a font
>> issue. I'd start by looking at the Properties of the PDF document to
>> see what fonts are used in it and if they are embedded or not. The best
>> practice is to embed all fonts with the program that created the PDF,
>> then make sure that those fonts are installed on the Linux computer
>> that is being used to view the PDF file.
>> Once you know which fonts are in the PDF document you might also use
>> Fontmatrix or other font viewer to see if the fonts actually contain
>> the characters that you think they do. If the PDF file was created on a
>> Windows or Mac computer the operating system sometimes makes up a
>> character for viewing on screen when the character is actually missing
>> in the font.
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