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Re^2: ( PDF::EasyPDF ) encoding problem

by lepetitalbert (Abbot)
on Sep 07, 2009 at 19:49 UTC ( #794013=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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You're right moritz, I've already read this article several times but I still cannot say I'm really comfortable with this stuff.

I thought it was some package limitation, as I usually don't have problems with this ( french speaking area here ), but couldn't confirm it.

I tried your and almut's solution but no change.

Thanks and have a nice day.

"There is only one good, namely knowledge, and only one evil, namely ignorance." Socrates
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Re^3: ( PDF::EasyPDF ) encoding problem
by almut (Canon) on Sep 07, 2009 at 22:36 UTC

    I just had a closer look at the module...  Part of the problem is that PDF::EasyPDF specifies the encoding for its 14 Adobe Base Fonts (all it supports) as "MacRomanEncoding" — which is kind of unfortunate, as this encoding is rather different from ISO-8859-1, which Perl defaults to in most cases (for example, "ť" is 0x8E in Mac Roman, while it's 0xE9 in ISO-Latin-1 and CP1252).  In other words, even if you had successfully solved the UTF-8 to ISO-8859-1 conversion issue, it still wouldn't work...

    But you can get it working with two small changes to  (tested, i.e. works for me):

    1. Replace all 14 occurrences of "/MacRomanEncoding" with "/WinAnsiEncoding" (case is important). Windows ANSI encoding (CP1252) is roughly the equivalent of ISO-8859-1/ISO-8859-15  (one of the differences is that the Euro symbol is in a different position (0xA4 in ISO-8859-15, 0x80 in CP1252).

    2. Change this line

      open (EASYPDF,">$self->{file}") or die ...

      to read

      open (EASYPDF, ">:encoding(cp1252)", $self->{file}) or die ...

      (and don't forget to put use utf8; in your script)

    Update: alternatively, you could leave PDF::EasyPDF's /MacRomanEncoding declarations in place, and have Perl convert to that encoding directly (">:encoding(MacRoman)"), which would work, too (except for the Euro symbol)

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