Google's PDF-as-text

Erving erving at riscos.org
Sat Nov 14 18:00:07 GMT 2009


In message <a6982aba50.michaelbell at michael.beaverbell.co.uk> you wrote:

> In message <50ba21fe2achris at chris-johnson.org.uk>
>           cj <chris at chris-johnson.org.uk> wrote:
> 
> > In article <a61a1dba50.jim at nails.ukonline.co.uk>,
> >    Jim Nagel <netsurf at abbeypress.co.uk> wrote:
> >> when the results of a Google search include a PDF, Google offers to
> >> display it as plain text.  but it comes out as nonsense in Netsurf
> >> (r9629): all the lines of text seem to be piled on top of one another.
> 
> >> at least in this example:
> 
> >> http://209.85.229.132/search?q=cache:dr7rk6-FAmcJ:www.mendip.gov.uk/Do
> >> wnload.asp%3Fpath%3D%252FDocuments%252FRegeneration%252Fcar%2Bparks%25
> >> 2FGlastonbury%2BCarnival%2BRoad%2BClosure%2BOrder%2B2009.pdf+Glastonbu
> >> ry+carnival+traffic&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&
> 
> > True, but if you SHIFT-click on the link displayed above the
> > nonsense, the pdf file downloads and can be read in e.g. !PDF without
> > any problem.
> 
> I didn't know that. Thank you!
> 
> Michael Bell
> 
> 
> 

I'm puzzeled. whent I click on that link I don't get any 'piling' 
(Netsurf 2.1) and clicking the link at the top of the page 
(not SHIFT-click) downloads the PDF.
But I see with r9640 (26 Aug 2009 11:30) I do get the 'piling'
but still do not need to SHIFT-click to get the PDF.

-- 
Erving



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