Summary: Create PDF with spaces intact?

Subject: Summary: Create PDF with spaces intact?
From: <barbphilbrick -at- caslonsvcs -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2010 08:03:55 -0400

Sounds like no one else has found a solution to this.

The basic problem is that to compress the files, the PDF identifies a fixed
starting point for a line of text and gets rid of leading spaces. So unless
we can fool it into thinking our spaces aren't really spaces, users can't
copy spaces out of the PDFs.

Thanks to Paul Goble for the link to detail on this at
<http://www.pdf-tools.com/public/downloads/whitepapers/whitepaper-pdfprimer.
pdf>.

For us, this is a style issue (our code doesn't require indents).

But if anyone has found a solution, we would be interested.

Thanks,

Barb

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Subject: Create PDF with spaces intact?

We are creating a PDF that contains code snippets that we are encouraging
users to copy and paste into their own applications.

We have noticed that the code loses spaces in the PDF output. So the
following bit of code:
myResult = dataqueue.add(12, 3)
if myResult == false then
print("Failed to add 12 to the
dataqueue")
end

Would come out as:
myResult = dataqueue.add(12, 3)
if myResult == false then
print("Failed to add 12 to the
dataqueue")
end

Not the end of the world (the code still works), but it would be nice if
they could maintain the formatting. Has anyone found a way around this?

Text is created from Word 2003 and converted to PDF using Acrobat Distiller
8.

Regards,

Barb

Barbara Philbrick
Caslon Services Inc.
Aurora, OH
330-995-0499
http://caslonsvcs.com


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