[Athen] Requesting Assistance with PDF Document
burke at ucla.edu
Wed Feb 6 10:01:56 PST 2013
Wow, thanks everybody for the detailed feedback. Fascinating stuff!
At 02:32 AM 2/6/2013, Karlen Communications wrote:
>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.
>From: athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
>[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
>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.
>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
Patrick J. Burke
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E-mail: burke at ucla.edu
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