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Quartam PDF Library Unicode Support

Postby reidit » Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:52 pm

Please can you give an update on the status of Unicode support by the PDF library. It seems that Unicode development has been under way for several months (since August 2014), but there hasn't been any news about this.

Now that LiveCode 7, which supports Unicode, is stable (and LC 7.0.1 is close to release), do you have any estimate of when Unicode will be supported by the PDF library?

Thanks

Peter
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Re: Quartam PDF Library Unicode Support

Postby JanSchenkel » Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:30 pm

Hi Peter,

My apologies for the ridiculously late reply. I've been lost in personal issues and am only now finding back the energy to spend time on my LiveCode projects.

LiveCode 7 finally has everything that is needed, but it's tougher than I initially thought to implement this.
The 'standard' font definitions do not include the required character width information to properly position strings and determine the placement of text underlines.
Now I have two options:
1. include the Deja Vu open source fonts (which do have extensive unicode character width data) and force you to use those for Unicode PDF documents
2. pick up where I left off with my TrueType font parsing effort, but that will take considerably more time to complete before I can tackle the Unicode part.

I hope this clarified the situation. I do plan to update Quartam PDF Library for Unicode, but under the current circumstances I cannot commit to a timeframe.

Best regards,

Jan Schenkel.
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Re: Quartam PDF Library Unicode Support

Postby reidit » Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:54 pm

Hi Jan

I'm delighted to hear from you again but very sorry to learn of your personal issues. I sincerely hope that you're getting ahead of such difficulties – real life is much more important than any amount of IT problems!

Thanks for the update and the honesty regarding forward progress with Unicode support. I'll accept whichever you think leads to the more stable future for such support.

Please keep me informed of progress however slow or otherwise it may be. I'd rather know what's happening even if the news is still less than ideal.

With my very best wishes

Peter
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Re: Quartam PDF Library Unicode Support

Postby reidit » Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:09 am

Hi Jan

Any updates on the state of development of Unicode support, it's been about 4 months since we last heard anything?

Best regards

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