[reportlab-users] Huge PDF problem! ,-)

Dinu Gherman reportlab-users@reportlab.com
Wed, 03 Jul 2002 15:10:30 +0200 (CEST)

Robin Becker <robin@reportlab.com>:

> ....Dinu all numbers in PDF are represented in points using a 16.16
> fixed point signed binary representation. So internally numbers are
> limited to the range +/- 32767.999984741211. The smallest non-zeros are
> +/- 1.52587890625e-005 (ie +/- 1/(2**16)) all this means that your
> largest canvas is around 11.55982221683926 meters on a side.

Good explanation, but it seems like this was a "runtime"
limitation, maybe. The file I attached previously contains 
the following media box:

 /MediaBox [ 0 0 30000 20000 ]

and is displayed ok using Preview.app on OS X, when used
in *some* way (dragging the file over the Preview icon).

So, it could be really, as Bernhard describes, an imple-
mentation issue, rather than a PDF limit...