[XeTeX] PDF Creator: "bidi"?

Meho R. meho_r at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 11 20:35:06 CET 2010

I totally agree. I've never liked seeing hyperref entry in pdf details/properties, but at least it doesn't negate the real creator of document. For me, bidi is a very important package and its author and maintainer deserve all praise, but I really think it shouldn't be in pdf details/properties. Jonathan has got the point: what about other packages used in a document, why they don't get their piece of credits?

From: Jonathan Kew <jfkthame at googlemail.com>
To: Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms <xetex at tug.org>
Sent: Thu, March 11, 2010 7:09:40 PM
Subject: Re: [XeTeX] PDF Creator: "bidi"?

On 11 Mar 2010, at 17:48, Meho R. wrote:

> As noted, because bidi isn't the creator of the PDF file and still claims it is. "Created by Xe(La)TeX with bidi package" (something like "Created by LaTeX with hyperref package") would be a little bit more acceptable, don't you think?

Personally, I think packages should not be doing this at all (though I believe hyperref has a long history of it). What if you use both hyperref *and* bidi -- who wins? What if every package author decides to start rewriting the Creator string?

The only time a package should override the default metadata is when the user explicitly specifies it, IMO.


> From: Vafa Khalighi <vafa at users.berlios.de>
> To: Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms <xetex at tug.org>
> Sent: Thu, March 11, 2010 12:33:03 PM
> Subject: Re: [XeTeX] PDF Creator: "bidi"?
> This is question for Vafa: can you explain what is the reason that in .pdf file, created using xelatex+polyglossia with use of arabic as secondary language (the main is latin), bidi is credited as "creator"? I do understand that bidi is used for arabic, but, with due respect, I think it's very unfair to declare it as creator application instead of xe(la)tex.
> I have done this because someone in the past requested it. Why is this unfair? 
> -- 
> Best wishes,
> Vafa Khalighi

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