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Re: [groff] hyphen, minus sign and hyphen-minus

From: Deri James
Subject: Re: [groff] hyphen, minus sign and hyphen-minus
Date: Sat, 26 May 2018 13:03:33 +0100
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On Sat 26 May 2018 11:50:31 Ralph Corderoy wrote:
> Hi Deri,
> > man -Tpdf will produce what you want. The '\-' (minus) is used as the
> > output glyph, but any copy/paste (or searching within document) will
> > use '-' (hyphen).
> > 
> > This is similar to the treatment of ligatures. If you look at the
> > groff pdf output of the "find" man page you will see that "fi" has
> > been replaced with a ligature in the output, but if you cut and paste
> > the two characters “fi" are returned, and you can search for "find".
> For those of us that don't know PDF, how is this achieved?  Is it the
> PDF viewer that's translating to try and be helpful, assuming we don't
> want the ligature, and thus vary by viewer, or the PDF itself that
> states this should happen?  What if I do want to paste the ligature in
> `groff'?

Hi Ralph,

The "-u" flag for gropdf allows you to specify your own CMap which contains 
the information on glyph mapping. The default if you don't use the flag is:-


/CIDInit /ProcSet findresource begin
12 dict begin
<< /Registry (Adobe)
/Ordering (UCS)
/Supplement 0
>> def
/CMapName /Adobe-Identity-UCS def
/CMapType 2 def
1 begincodespacerange
<0000> <FFFF>
2 beginbfrange
<008b> <008f> [<00660066> <00660069> <0066006c> <006600660069> <00660066006C>]
<00ad> <00ad> <002d>
CMapName currentdict /CMap defineresource pop


The section starting "beginbfrange" specifies the glyph to character mapping. 
The first two numbers are a start and end pair followed by the mapping you 
would like to use for each glyph in the range. If you include the flag "-u" on 
its own the default is not included so you could cut and paste the ligatures 
if you wanted.



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