Re: PDF: box for space or hyphen

Subject: Re: PDF: box for space or hyphen
From: Shlomo Perets <mtype -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 09:35:33 +0200


You wrote:

Some of my bookmarks have a box character inserted for a space or a
hyphen. It seems random, all the captions have been inserted in the
same way.

Does anyone know why this is happening and how to fix it?

You're using FrameMaker 6.0 or earlier to author the source files,
and view the PDF in Acrobat 5.0 or Acrobat Reader 5.0. Isn't it?

With this combination, non-breaking spaces and hyphens, fixed
spaces and hyphenation controls (discretionary hyphen, suppress
hyphenation) are displayed as boxes in bookmarks.
(with Acrobat/Reader 4, non-breaking hyphens display as spaces)

All of these special characters are displayed correctly when viewed in
Acrobat/Reader 5.0.5 or Reader 5.1. [Using Distiller 5.0.5 will make
no difference here; what counts is the Acrobat/Reader version used
to display the PDF.]

Other than manually fixing bookmarks in Acrobat each time you distill,
your options are:

* Ask all your end users to upgrade their Acrobat Reader to 5.0.5 or 5.1.

* Upgrade to FrameMaker 7.0, but make sure to apply the first patch
which fixes a problem causing non-breaking hyphens to disappear
altogether from bookmark text

* Use TimeSavers (Distiller add-on) -- the FixSpecialCharsInBmk function
automatically maps various special characters to the appropriate characters
in the bookmark text, so that these are displayed as expected regardless
of the FrameMaker / Acrobat versions used.
(The Bookmark Controller is a subset of TimeSavers which also includes
this function).

Illustration of non-breaking spaces and hyphens and the resulting
bookmarks in Acrobat 4.x, Acrobat 5.0 and with FixSpecialCharsInBmk
is at, TimeSavers section.

[ And -- -- my biased opinion - TimeSavers/Bookmark Controller will do
much more to improve your bookmarks with features that are not
available anywhere else! ]

Shlomo Perets

MicroType *
FrameMaker, Acrobat training & consulting * FM-to-Acrobat TimeSavers
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