Thai language export to PDF vs Print to PDF, diacritics are garbled

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May 12, 2021 May 12, 2021

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Helping out a customer here with some Thai language issues.

I have a very simple file containing just a few Thai words (see attached).

If I use "Export" in InDesign 16.2.1, the PDF is visually fine but the diacritics ("accents") are garbled and/or duplicated if you try to copy/paste.

If I use "Print to Adobe PDF" instead, the file is perfect.

Of course, the simple solution could in theory be to print to PDF, but if other parts of the artwork workflow relies on Export, we don't really want to go there.

Is there a solution to this or is this just how InDesign works? Thinking it probably has similar issues with other scripts....

thanks

Johan

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i might be missing something... all of these files look the exact same and if i copy/paste it also works fine. I don't have Leelawadee font but from what i can see it looks fine...

 

Can you record your screen so we can see this more clearly please ?

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Ian

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I'm not seeing any obvious difference in the two PDFs either...

 

What are you using to view them?

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May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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Thanks for your comment. Yes, visually they are the same. But if you try and copy/paste the Thai text from them e.g. in Adobe reader you will get different results. This leads to other problems further down the line (e.g. when indexing the content or using proofreading tools).

 

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