Bug 969925 - poppler source pdf encoding
Summary: poppler source pdf encoding
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Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: poppler   
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Version: 18
Hardware: Unspecified Unspecified
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Assignee: Marek Kašík
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-06-03 04:39 UTC by Aleksandar Kostadinov
Modified: 2014-02-05 21:38 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2014-02-05 21:38:34 UTC
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Description Aleksandar Kostadinov 2013-06-03 04:39:28 UTC
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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