Issue 83744

Summary: Equation editor objects greek alphabet corruption when exporting in PDF
Product: Math Reporter: scagni <silvandy>
Component: codeAssignee: AOO issues mailing list <issues>
Status: CONFIRMED --- QA Contact:
Severity: Trivial    
Priority: P3 CC: don.troodon, hdu, issues, kpalagin
Version: OOo 2.3   
Target Milestone: ---   
Hardware: PC   
OS: Windows XP   
Issue Type: DEFECT Latest Confirmation in: ---
Developer Difficulty: ---
Description Flags
Writer doc with the formula that goes corrupted when exporting to pdf
The corrupted pdf file obtained from previous odt attached file none

Description scagni 2007-11-19 00:04:07 UTC
Open attached file "equation editor corruption.odt". It contains an equation
Editor (the one bundled with MS Word) object, which display correctly.
However, now export the open file to PDF in OO.
What I obtain is file "equation editor corruption.pdf", where the math formula
is OK EXCEPT for all greek letters which now are displayed as if "squeezed"
horizontally: now they are half as wide as they should.
Printing the pdf file unfortunately gives the same defect.
A big problem when you are working with a coauthor that uses MS Word, since you
would like to leave his formulas as they are (in equation editor format) even if
you prepare a paper in OO. Also because the conversion of such formulas into OO
Formula editor format is VERY cumbersome, and editing with OO formula editor a
former Equation Editor formula after conversion is thus overly complicated.
Comment 1 scagni 2007-11-19 00:05:02 UTC
Created attachment 49738 [details]
Writer doc with the formula that goes corrupted when exporting to pdf
Comment 2 scagni 2007-11-19 00:05:40 UTC
Created attachment 49739 [details]
The corrupted pdf file obtained from previous odt attached file
Comment 3 michael.ruess 2007-11-19 08:47:26 UTC
Reassigned to HI.
Comment 4 scagni 2007-11-29 09:52:50 UTC
I have realised that to the get greek symbols on math formulas back to their
"unsqueezed" normal form, not only youhave convert mathtype objects into OO
formulas - it is necessary to open each one of them at least once before
exporting the PDF. Thus is the problem is worse than previously assessed for
documents with a large number of formulas, where this multiple opening of all
formulas can take a lot of time.
Comment 5 kpalagin 2008-01-16 09:22:06 UTC
Confirming using 2.4m242 on WinXP - as described.
Printout is OK.
Comment 6 h.ilter 2008-01-18 11:14:36 UTC
Reassigned to PL
Comment 7 philipp.lohmann 2008-01-29 15:30:46 UTC
pl->hdu: could you please have a look ?
Comment 8 2008-05-28 14:56:38 UTC
@tl: formula editor's greek font for PDF export has a squeezed width, reassigning
Comment 9 thomas.lange 2008-06-03 13:42:21 UTC
Changing target to OOo 3.1.
Comment 10 scagni 2008-10-02 11:11:54 UTC
Please have a look into this ASAP, it is practically blocking the use of OO when
importing scientific papers from MS word format (almost always there is the need
to produce pdf exports).
It is true that math formulas can be converted to native format, but:
- the translation is EXTREMELY cumbersome; as soon as you want to edit the
formulas things become impossible, and most of the times you'better rewrite it
from scratch
- the necessity for convertion prevents people not familiar with OO formula
editor to start working with OO while still using euqation editor for embedded math.
I really do hope 3.1 comes soon, and this problem is not reassigned to 3.2 or
Comment 11 scagni 2008-10-02 11:26:34 UTC
While fiddling to work around this problem, I found a very  easy partial solution:
If you export if PDF/A-1 format, the file size is somewhat bigger but the
problem is gone. Good news after all!
Comment 12 thomas.lange 2009-01-19 14:36:51 UTC
Not time left to fix  this one in OO0 3.1 because of other issues.