[poppler] question / possible bounty - XFA support

Nikola Ciprich nikola.ciprich at linuxbox.cz
Sat Aug 26 11:21:39 UTC 2017

Hello dear poppler developer(s),

I'd like to ask question many times asked, but also possibly
offering bounty for resolution..

Our customer has issue displaying one particular PDF file generated by SAP
HR portal they use. Changing it on SAP side is not possible in reasonable
time and due to security, as well as stability reasons, I'd really hate
to install adobe reader just to be able to view one particular file type..

problem is, that under evince (or anything poppler based, or even other PDF
viewers), I do not see file content properly, due to lack of XFA support.

example file can be obtained here:


I also understand that XFA is not really standard and implementing support
is certainly not easy, due to lack of documentation.

My question is, can you estimate how hard it would be to implement at least
subset of needed functionality to be able to display such files?

If it would be possible at all, and with reasonable effort, would
you be interested in doing it for a bounty? I mean adding support
to poppler so it's working in evince at least then..

Or has anyone any other tips on how to deal with such file under
linux desktop, other then using acroread?

thanks a lot in advance

with best regards

nikola ciprich

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