Re: Missing spaces between words in PDF document

Jacob Kruger

Heaven, came across something similar on a webpage this morning - didn't bother saving URL, etc., but, it brought to mind a thought - characterset encoding?

As in, not sure if you can easily check encoding of a specific PDF document that has this issue, but, if you can save it to something like a text file, then in notepad, under save as, etc., you can specify characterset encoding, and maybe just double check that it's set to something like ansi?

This might not make a difference at all, but, for example, doing web development, I have, at times come across issues with things like the alternatives for line break character combinations acorss different operating systems, and thus working with different forms of characterset encoding.

And, yes, unless you can force adobe to use a specific rendering characterset, if it's a protected document, you might not be able to even copy/paste the contents thereof.

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On 2016-09-29 9:04 AM, Heaven Botma wrote:



I almost always experience this with documents in Adobe Reader.  I usually have to edit my university study material to insert the spaces.



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From: [] On Behalf Of Cearbhall O'Meadhra
Sent: Thursday, 29 September 2016 12:08 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Missing spaces between words in PDF document




Actually, I ran this PDF document through Abbyyy Finereader and the OCR cured the spacing problem! So, I will have to ask the authors if this document was originally run through OCR to generate the PDF that was sent to me.


The OCR caused another problem that is not in the original: There are tables that contain multiple lines of text within each cell. Abbyyy Finereader put all of the text lines onto separate rows and this makes it difficult to make sense of the tables.


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From: [] On Behalf Of Sheri Byrne-Haber
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 10:44 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Missing spaces between words in PDF document


For what it’s worth, I usually find this when the text in a document has come through an OCR process.



From: [] On Behalf Of Cearbhall O'Meadhra
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 4:43 PM
Subject: [nvda] Missing spaces between words in PDF document




Does anyone know what causes some PDF documents to have words that are not separated by a space?


For example: “TheCitizensBoard issuesdocumentsabout organisingevents”

This line of text should clearly have a space between the words.


I am using Adobe Acrobat Reader under Windows 10 and NVDA 2016.3.


This is not new and I often find it. Can anyone explain why it happens or at least what I can do to advise authors on how to avoid sending out these badly structured documents?


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