Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 969925
poppler source pdf encoding
Last modified: 2014-02-05 16:38:34 EST
I'm not sure if this is a bug or a feature request. I have a PDF that I'd like to provide as a text version for a screen reading software to read.
The PDF opens and looks on display just fine but trying to copy any text results in strange characters.
> $ pdffonts mypdf.pdf
> name type encoding emb sub uni object ID
> ------------------------------------ ----------------- ---------------- --- --- --- ---------
> LPHKPA+MSTT31c5f0 Type 1C Custom yes yes no 4 0
> LPHKPA+MSTT31c660 Type 1C Custom yes yes no 5 0
> LPHKPA+MSTT31c66b Type 1C Custom yes yes no 6 0
> LPHKPA+MSTT31c676 Type 1C Custom yes yes no 13 0
> LPHKPA+MSTT31c68c Type 1C Custom yes yes no 14 0
> MSTT31c697 Type 1C Custom yes no no 15 0
> LPHKPA+MSTT31c6a2 Type 1C Custom yes yes no 16 0
> LPHKPA+MSTT31c6ac Type 1C Custom yes yes no 20 0
> Symbol Type 1 Symbol no no no 21 0
> LPHONI+MSTT31c6b7 Type 1C Custom yes yes no 25 0
> LPHONI+MSTT31c6c2 Type 1C Custom yes yes no 26 0
> LPHONI+MSTT31c6d8 Type 1C Custom yes yes no 30 0
> LPHONI+MSTT31c6e4 Type 1C Custom yes yes no 34 0
> LPICMA+MSTT31c5fc Type 1C Custom yes yes no 70 0
> LPIGKI+MSTT31c6ef Type 1C Custom yes yes no 74 0
> LPIGKI+MSTT31c6fb Type 1C Custom yes yes no 75 0
> Times-Bold Type 1 Custom no no no 82 0
> LPIGKI+MSTT31c721 Type 1C Custom yes yes no 86 0
> LPIGKI+MSTT31c745 Type 1C Custom yes yes no 87 0
> LPIKJA+MSTT31c750 Type 1C Custom yes yes no 119 0
> LPIKJA+MSTT31c739 Type 1C Custom yes yes no 124 0
> LPIKJA+MSTT31c75c Type 1C Custom yes yes no 125 0
It seems encoding information is missing from the file. I found out that the actual encoding is the Cyrillic cp1251. But I see no way to extract the text with the source cp1251 encoding. "pdftotext -listenc" does not list that encoding at all and it is an output encoding. I actually need to specify input encoding.
Alternatively I'd like to extract the text without modifying encoding in any way, e.g. do not apply any transcoding of characters. This way I can open it in the original encoding of the text and convert with iconv to whatever I want. I can't find out how to specify source encoding or disable any transformations.
The best I could achieve was to use "Latin1" as output encoding, then open the file as cp1251 but I still see a couple of characters like quotes and bullet points are missing from output. Or if I output in UTF8 and then convert from utf8 to cp1252 with iconv, I'm getting these characters as question marks.
So it seems to me the most basic thing that can help is output the text without modifying encoding in any way. Can such feature be added?
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