Re: A new word for the English language

From: John Hudson (
Date: Mon Aug 05 2002 - 16:25:12 EDT

At 11:53 AM 05-08-02, wrote:

> >This indicates that PDF is character rather than glyph based.
>Actually, what this indicates in that Acrobat is capable of deriving
>character sequences from a PDF document.

Both indications are correct :)

Later format PDFs are capable of storing an explicit character string, but
whether or not this happens depends on how the PDF is made. A PDF distilled
from a print stream is not going to contain explicit character strings, but
a character string can be derived from the glyphs, with varying degrees of
accuracy. Some PDF generators might include explicit character strings, but
other may not. Some might do so automatically, others might do so only
under certain conditions.

John Hudson

Tiro Typeworks
Vancouver, BC

Language must belong to the Other -- to my linguistic community
as a whole -- before it can belong to me, so that the self comes to its
unique articulation in a medium which is always at some level
indifferent to it. - Terry Eagleton

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