[WG: I18N & L10N] Non-latin characters are not supported in PDF file

DAVID ROLDAN MARTINEZ darolmar at upvnet.upv.es
Mon May 21 01:38:37 PDT 2012

Hi all,

Thanks to Gao Jun we have discovered that PDF functionalities included in several Sakai tools are not supporting non-latin characters. Instead of them, when a japanese/chinese or arabic character is found, PDF shows it as #.

Gao has proposed a solution that works. You'll find it at https://jira.sakaiproject.org/browse/SAK-21908. The only drawback I've found is that is needs to include a new setting at sakai.properties with the font you want to use at PDF generation. If that font is not available within your deployment a latin one is used.

>From my point of view,this solution is good (as it is transparent for latin-alphabet users) but I would like to get your feedback before to proceed.

Thank you very much in advance.

Dr. David Roldán Martínez
Sakai CLE QA lead for i18n
Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

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