[poppler] fixing-up TeX accents

Ross Moore ross.moore at mq.edu.au
Tue Mar 22 15:00:36 PDT 2011

Hello Albert,

On 23/03/2011, at 6:19 AM, Albert Astals Cid wrote:

> A Dimarts, 22 de març de 2011, Tim Brody va escriure:

>> Is it ok to always do this? Any circumstance where you would expect to get
>> overlapping accents and it not be a TeX-generated combine?
> Why not make tex generate the accents correcltly? AFAIR there is an option to 
> make Tex not create stupid PDF files.

What constitutes a "stupid" PDF file?

TeX systems were producing PostScript files, subsequently distilled
to PDF, by various means long before Unicode existed.
The methods worked fine then and continue to be used, even though
"better" methods may now exist.

Besides, what good is updating the generating software now, to the 
tens/hundreds of thousands of documents that currently exist in 
scientific archives and digital libraries? 
These cannot, and *should not*, be changed en masse.

> Albert

Hope this helps,


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