# [NTG-pdftex] [ pdftex-Bugs-809 ] Incorrect FontFlags for Symbol font (34 instead of 4)

Wed Jun 20 12:00:45 CEST 2007

Bugs item #809, was opened at 2007-06-20 09:51
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Status: Open
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Priority: 5
Submitted By: Till Tantau (tantau)
Assigned to: Nobody (None)
Summary: Incorrect FontFlags for Symbol font (34 instead of 4)

Initial Comment:
Hi!

with version 1.40.3 of pdftex I have the following problem: When the
standard PDF-Font "Symbol" is used in the pdf-file, then the /Flags
entry of the FontDescriptor is set to 34 rather than to 4.

This is incorrect and causes the resulting files to be displayed

To reproduce the problem, I use the following LaTeX-code:

\documentclass{article}

\pdfcompresslevel0
\font\myfont=psyr\relax

\begin{document}

\pagestyle{empty}
\myfont SG

\end{document}

My pdftex.map is standard and contains the following line:

psyr Symbol

According to the pdftex manual, this should cause the /Flags entry of
the font in the PDF-file to be set to 4 (which would be correct and
which would be the Flags value of a Symbol font). However, on my
system the resulting pdf file (which I attach) contains a /Flags entry of
34 (which is incorrect here and which is the Flags value of a serif
standard font).

I hope this report is reasonably clear...

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated,
Till Tantau

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>Comment By: Till Tantau (tantau)
Date: 2007-06-20 10:00

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Hello again,

I toyed around with this some more. It turns out that if I change the line in
the pdftex.map file to

psyr Symbol 6

then the /Flags field in the resulting .pdf file is set to 6 (which is "not quite
correct", but then the text is rendered correctly, at least).

Now, trying other values than 6, it seems that pdftex specifically replaces
exactly the number 4 by 34, all other values are left as they are. I presume
this was done at some time for some other font that is not a symbol font and
whose font flags were missing/incorrect. However, this behaviour is a bit
problematic for the Symbol font.

Best regards,
Till

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