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JB sundown at
Mon Aug 17 22:45:43 EDT 2015

Thanks for the info.  I did not know
what PDFium was and I have never
programmed a widget either.

As you can see I am very limited at

John Balgenorth

On Aug 17, 2015, at 7:37 PM, Monte Goulding <monte at> wrote:

>> On 18 Aug 2015, at 11:50 am, Ralph DiMola <rdimola at> wrote:
>> How hard can it be to add pdf support to open-source?
>> I read the PDF spec and got a headache on the 3 page. I know that PDFium is
>> doing the heavy lifting but the PDF spec is nasty. Add bookmarks, PDF fields
>> and java into the mix and can get ugly fast.
> Indeed it really depends on how much of the PDF spec you want to support. If it’s just rendering the PDF to a widget (which is the simplest use case) it should be quite easy because PDFium will render an image for a page at a given size which can just be shown in the widget. Not hard at all. Text selection etc gets a bit more complicated bit overall it will all be much simpler in a widget than the Windows & OS X external I’m maintaining at the moment. PDFium BTW is the PDF rendering library from Chromium and an open source version of FoxIT SDK.
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