[pdftex] pdfpageattr and reuse of annotations

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Mon Nov 25 09:54:34 CET 2002

At 10:57 AM 11/21/2002 +0100, Tobias Haustein wrote:
>Leo Brewin wrote:
> > Is this valid pdf code? Acrobat Reader 5.0.5 under Linux ignores both
> > /Annots while Reader 4.0 on Windows reads only the first /Annots.
>As far as I recall, the PDF standard says that the behaviour is undefined. So
>the PDF code is invalid.
> > Is there a way to fix this problem? Am I using \pdfpageattr correctly?
>I've already described the problem in a mail to this list but describing a
>different context (fonts, patterns etc.). This is a problem of pdftex since it
>does not interpret the page attributes. Therefore, it cannot merge the
>annotations. One could argue, that this behaviour is correct, but then we
>would need a macro package that allows to define page attributes. The
>\pdfpageattr would then be a command that should no longer be used. However,
>this does not solve the whole problem, since pdftex also makes use of page
>attributes and therefore could override the attributes defined by the package.

but pdftex provides a generic \pdfannot to add annotations

>Even though I'm a software developer I haven't yet figured out how to program
>"good" TeX packages or even how to program in web. Therefore, I don't feel
>that I could provide a patch for this... Is there a quick guide to TeX
>programming somewhere?

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