[XeTeX] \XeTeXpdffile problem solved - slightly OT but interesting

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Thu Nov 18 14:41:35 CET 2004

On 18 Nov 2004, at 8:28 am, Stephen Moye wrote:

> I created a small 1.7 inch square graphic in Illustrator, being 
> careful to make the document size 1.7in by 1.7in. I saved the graphic 
> as a PDF out of Illustrator. To make sure everything was OK I opened 
> the graphic in Acrobat to look at it -- there it was nicely centered 
> in a box 1.7 inches on a side.
> When I placed the PDF in XeTeX using \centerline{...}, however, it was 
> shifted to the right by about .3in. Odd.
> To cut a long story short, after much searching I found that I had 
> neglected to reposition the rulers in Illustrator so that (0in,0in) 
> corresponded to the lower left-hand corner of the graphic -- they were 
> off by about .3in in both directions.
> I adjusted the rulers, re-exported the file, and everything worked 
> perfectly and as expected. The PDF as viewed in Acrobat appeared to be 
> unchanged, but behaved differently when placed.

Thanks for the report. I should think this through; offhand, it sounds 
like it should be considered a XeTeX bug. The actual origin of the 
coordinate system in the embedded PDF shouldn't be affecting the 
placement within the XeTeX document.


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