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Subject: Re: Winddings, symbol etc
From: Geert Josten <Geert.Josten@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 16:44:51 +0200
helvetica font

Ever considered saving the RTF to WordML with Word 2003 and converting the WordML to XSL-FO using the stylesheets available on http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/odc_wd2003_ta/html/OfficeWordWordMLtoXSL-FO.asp

(download the exe, that contains the xsl's you need)

It is written by XEP and tweaked for their parser, but it should work with FOP with only minor adjustments..


Mark Williams wrote:

Hi Jon,

Windows XP
Saxon parser
RTF documents using my own RTF to XSL converter (still in development).

Below is an example of the xslfo I am ouputting:

<fo:block font-family="Helvetica" font-size="11" text-align="left">128 P</fo:block><fo:block font-family="Helvetica" font-size="11" text-align="left">129 P</fo:block><fo:block font-family="Helvetica" font-size="11" text-align="left">130 b</fo:block><fo:block font-family="Helvetica" font-size="11" text-align="left">131 Q</fo:block><fo:block font-family="Helvetica" font-size="11" text-align="left">132 b</fo:block><fo:block font-family="Helvetica" font-size="11" text-align="left">133 b&</fo:block><fo:block font-family="Helvetica" font-size="11" text-align="left">134 b </fo:block><fo:block font-family="Helvetica" font-size="11" text-align="left">135 b!</fo:block><fo:block font-family="Helvetica" font-size="11" text-align="left">136 b,</fo:block><fo:block font-family="Helvetica" font-size="11" text-align="left">137 b0</fo:block><fo:block font-family="Helvetica" font-size="11" text-align="left">138 P </fo:block>

And follow is the text extracted from the resulting pdf when the above xslfo is run through fop:

128 ?
129 ?
130 ?
131 ?
132 ?
133 ?
134 ?
135 ?
136 ?
137 ?
138 ?

The numbers on the left obviously represent the extended ascii table code.

When I ouput the following xslfo:
<fo:block font-family="Symbol" font-size="11" text-align="left">abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz</fo:block>

The pdf outputs ##########################

Apologies if I'm still not giving you the info you need. I don't fully understand the process involved here. I assumed that if pdf supports arial etc it would support the extended ascii codes. Is someone able to advise me what is wrong with my xslfo code?



-----Original Message-----
From: Jon Gorman [mailto:jonathan.gorman@xxxxxxxxx] Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2005 2:43 PM
To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Winddings, symbol etc

Might also want to look into embedding the font. This list isn't too active with the XSL-FO side of XSL, so I don't know how much help you can get there. I'd check out the manual for whatever you're using (FOP, XEP) as these issues are pretty common. It can be a pain dealing with character sets/fonts but perhaps someone else has better info. As Geert mentioned, you are best off using the Unicode characters.

Of course, might be more helpful if you described the process and told us things like system environment, character sets of input, character sets of outputs, documents, fonts tried, and xsl-fo processor used.

Jon Gorman

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