Unicode support in PDF output

20 Jul

It’s been on our to-do list for a long time but now it’s good enough for general use — our PDF export feature now supports more interesting characters such as what you’d find, oh, anywhere in the world other than the US. We’ve also thrown in image embedding and some basic support for tables and hyperlinks. It turns out the PDF standard is pretty hard to do well, and we’ve been gnawing away at this matter for months. (Aside: guess what an ‘Acrobat error 135 is’ — we had to, it’s not documented) In order to fully support the kinds of html you can (and have) put in your wikis we’d have to basically rewrite the layout and printing engines of a web browser, and we’re not really equipped to do that right now. What we’ve come up with is a good balance between utility and scope — making it incrementally more capable would require a pretty substantial rework.

5 Responses to “Unicode support in PDF output”

  1. Stephanie July 25, 2007 at 4:04 am #

    Wiki is unable to properly convert tables into the PDF Document.

  2. Jean-Luc July 27, 2007 at 12:56 am #

    I’m waiting for this, I’ve just tested it with no success. My PDF is unable to display simple text with letter like éà…
    I’m not really pushing Unicode very hard as this is no more then extended ASCII.
    Maybe I missed something somewhere either in configuration of my wiki ?

  3. Jean-Luc July 27, 2007 at 1:03 am #

    Sorry, I’ve just noticed there are 2 PDF options in PBwiki :
    – export as slideshow, pdf, word
    – save as PDF
    The first option allows you to save several pages, but it works as describe in my previous comment (useless for french)
    The second works really fine even for french. It apply to the current page and is limited to one page.

  4. hsbc August 7, 2007 at 2:01 pm #

    Thänk yöu. Thänk yöu. Thänk yöu.

    It’s great to be able to use that feature now without all those odd encoding errors.

  5. Tim August 7, 2007 at 6:54 pm #

    It’s getting there 😉

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