[pdftex] define pdf variable and then reference it?

Hartmut Henkel hartmut_henkel at gmx.de
Thu Jun 1 19:24:55 CEST 2006

On Wed, 31 May 2006, ivo welch wrote:

> I have a strange question.  I would like to customize a large pdftex
> generated document for everyone who downloads it.  For example, I
> would like to write in the headings of each page "hello, george".
> alas, I do not want to have to re-latex for every downloader.
> One solution would be to turn off all pdftex compression, and then
> look for a very unusual string that I would put into the heading, and
> which would be replaced.

it's somehow possible, but ugly. E. g.


secret is that \pdfcompresslevel can be set on a per-page basis, so only
the 1st page would need to be uncompressed; a feature that might go
away. Another problem is that the glyphs must be there if an embedded
font is used. You can force this by \pdfincludechars. And you need a
trick for making a blank before the \pdfliteral, maybe by a white

Regards, Hartmut

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