What Is The Best Way To Convert A PDF To Nicely Formatted Text?

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What is the best way to convert a PDF to nicely formatted text?

First, PDF does not know about paragraphs or whatever. PDF in its basic form pastes pieces of text on a canvas. The order in which this pasting happens is also irrelevant for PDF. That means that for a general PDF, you will need quite a bit of logic and heuristics to find pieces which fit together. Now, PDF allows for adding a structure. You will tag the document, and you will have a "shadow version" of the document as more or less plain text. This is called "structured PDF". If you have such a document, extracting text becomes a lot easier, and it will also allow for reflow (very useful on small screens). BUT, you (or the creator of the document) must pepare the document accordingly. This may become more and more important anyway, as the accessibility requirements are getting stricter.

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For example, many people will still need the ability to read a document on a computer with a certain font. It could take years to make this accessibility feature, and in some areas, it already will. I personally see this as pretty much a prerequisite for anyone who would want to create a PDF without doing any of the above. In summary, it should look like this: There are some issues. I don't want to describe them. I will just point you to for the most recent and comprehensive listing of PDF related issues. Note: You can click on this link and paste the above link into your favorite search engine if you are a developer for PDF: and you should see that this page is the first result, for example. Note: Another approach here could be to add some extra metadata: For example, if you use this document in PDF format: [Page title=”Title”]The Document..

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