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    Is it an underscore or what? (2003)

    Hi Loungers,

    I am attached a 1-page Word file that is the result of using solidpdf to convert this page from a pdf file to a word file. I am using this in a Family Law class.

    If you look at the top "section", there is some information that is to be filled in if the person is a Tenant (Rent, Heat, etc). You can see some columns where there should be underlines for where the information should go.

    The next section is for Homeowners. Here you can actually see the underscore characters.

    My question is: what are the characters in the top section where underscores should be? If they are underscores, why are they invisible?

    I note the following:
    - those are not spaces because I work with special characters ON and I do see the dots for spaces at the beginning of the line to create indentation
    - the tab at the right of the first column does NOT have an underline leader in the Homeowner section
    - even tho there is a tab to get to the "2nd" column (current lifestyle), that tab is after some "invisible" characters that almost go the entire width of the first col ("Joint Marital...")
    - when I write a short VBA script to give me the ascii value of the "invisible" underscores, I get a value of 95 (which is the underscore character) for the Tenant section. I get the same thing if I select a visible underscore in the Homeowner section
    - I checked to see if the font color for these underscores in the Tenant section is white; it isn't
    - what's very weird: if I position the insertion point between words in the Tenant section and type an underscore, it is not visible; if I do the same in the Homeowner section, it is visible
    - lines in both sections seem to both use the same para style
    - if I position the insertion point within those invisible underscores and move the insertion point by hitting the right arrow, it moves about one char width to the right; so, again, it's not that you're tabbing the whole width of the col.
    - if I do a replace of an underscore character where either the underscores should be for the Tenant or Homeowner section with, say, an "a", underscores in either section are replaced with a visible "a"

    I checked the original PDF and there are lines in both sections.

    And least importantly, why did solidpdf convert some underscores into visible ones and others into invisible ones (and some were converted in a line object from the drawing toolbar but those were on a diff page)? That may be a question for somewhere else so you can ignore it.

    TIA.

    Fred
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    Re: Is it an underscore or what? (2003)

    The very short line height (Format>Paragraph, Line Spacing, Exactly 9pt) cuts off the underscores. The ones where you can see it have a height of 11pt. Not sure why it ended up that way.

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    Re: Is it an underscore or what? (2003)

    Thanks Jefferson. I was going crazy. <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>

    Not sure why it ended up that way either. I'm not particularly thrilled with the results of solidpdf and this was a fairly simple document.

    Fred

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