[pdftex] pdfTeX bug

Patrick Gundlach patrick at gundla.ch
Tue May 13 15:38:56 CEST 2014

Am 13.05.2014 um 08:28 schrieb Ramón Casares <papa at ramoncasares.com>:

> Every pdf produced by pdfTeX includes unescaped parenthesis inside a string,
> specifically in the /PTEX.Fullbanner entry of the info dictionary
> that is referred to in the pdf trailer.
> You can see it, for example, in the cover of
> "The pdfTEX user manual" November 23, 2010 Rev. 655.
> This means that all of them are not valid.

why? PDF allows balanced parentheses in a string. If they are not balanced, they should be escaped.

(see PDF Reference 1.7 "Literal Strings" page 53/54)

> For example, "The pdfTeX user manual" is reported as
> "Format: PDF", "Status: Not well-formed",
> by Jhove, which is a validator.

perhaps the validator is incorrect? Just a question, I don't actually know much about it.


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