[pdftex] national fonts

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Fri May 1 11:22:01 CEST 2009

Am Thu, 30 Apr 2009 10:22:41 -0700 (PDT) schrieb mateo teo:

> > > Is it possible to copy to clipboard national letters
> > > (like ą,ę)
> > > from document, which is created by pdftex? 

> Command \char doesn't work. I still get normal letters in my
> clipboard (in the document I get correct letters). Is it because
> I use Type 1? If I use Word to create PDF everything is fine. I
> checked Word's PDF properties and it uses True Type font. Could
> the font type be the reason?

Yes, the font matters. In general (older) Type1 will get some
national chars fine but fails with some more unusual ones. But the
results can differ if you change to another font.

Word uses probably an open type font, open type fonts are unicode
orientated and work better. 

The best result you will probably get if you use xelatex + open type
fonts instead of pdflatex. E.g. try


Ulrike Fischer 

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