[pdftex] Section 7.6 of manual

Suresh Govindachar sgovindachar at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 24 07:29:47 CET 2012


Section 7.6 of the pdfTeX manual describes \pdfobj and has the following

   > When <object type spec> is not given, 
   > pdfTeX no longer creates a dictionary object 
   > with contents <general text>, as it did in 
   > the past.

Combining what else is written in that section with what is given in
"General definitions and syntax rules" I concluded that \pdfobj must be
followed by an absolute reference number or "stream" or "file" -- otherwise
nothing would happen.  

However, as per the code indicated in my previous post (Subject: "RE:
[pdftex] [Resolved] Getting started with JavaScript and pdftex") it is
possible to write

    \pdfobj <general text>

which appears to contradict the quote above.  

So what exactly is being said by the line quoted above?



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