[Athen] Requesting Assistance with PDF Document

Karlen Communications info at karlencommunications.com
Wed Feb 6 02:32:10 PST 2013

There are some of the "standard" bullets in the Word bullet gallery that are
non-unicode elements or appear as such in a PDF document even though they
can be identified by screen readers in the Word document. Two examples are
the chevrons and the check marks. Picture bullets used to be an issue but
with Word 2010 or 2013 and Acrobat XI they no longer appear to be. Chevrons
and check marks can still be problematic.

Cheers, Karen

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[mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Sean J
Sent: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 6:18 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Requesting Assistance with PDF Document

Hi Patrick,

I have seen this occur in some PDF documents that originally started as MS
Word documents. For some reason, the bullets from the automatic numbering
are interpreted as "nmlkj" in the text layer of the PDF document. In nearly
all cases, I was dealing with an untagged PDF document (as far as I can

Karen has the best recommendation of marking those symbols as Artifacts in
the PDF document. The other option would be to start from MS Word again and
export out a tagged PDF version. That *should* remedy the problem.

What I used to do is make the conversion from PDF to MS Word and then do a
search/replace to remove the "nmlkj" and replace that with an asterisk.

Take care,

On 2/5/13 2:42 PM, Patrick Burke wrote:

> Helloooo ATHENians!


> I hate admitting defeat, but we have one rather large PDF file that is

> posing some baffling issues. If anyone would be willing to help

> analyze, I would much appreciate it. (I'll buy beers at CSUN, if

> you'll be

> there!...) Please get in touch off list: burke at ucla.edu


> The text is a 98-page e-book on a project to include PWDs in local &

> national volunteer activities, if that sparks anyone's interest. One

> of the problems I'm encountering is bullet symbols that get converted

> as "nmlkj", which is disturbing for screen reader users, to say the least.

> Apparently this is a unicode encoding issue, but I have no idea what

> to do about it.


> Thanks much for any help,


> Patrick



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