[reportlab-users] fixing bugs in 2.2 / Hyphenation support

jonas wustrack jonas at reportlab.com
Fri Jan 9 05:42:19 EST 2009

Hi Trent,

We made changes to the trunk of our reportlab repository which should
solve the problem below.
Wordaxe now seems to do its job without the need to replace rl_codecs.py.
I tried the tests out myself and they seem to work - hyphens appear in
the pdf instead of ugly black boxes. Can you confirm this?

Best Regards,
Jonas Wustrack

On Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 5:06 PM, Henning von Bargen
<henning.vonbargen at arcor.de> wrote:

> Trent,


> obviously your message didn't make it into the ReportLab users mailing list.


> I waited a few days to see if it appears there and maybe someone from the

> ReportLab staff answers, but since this was not the case:


> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Trent W. Buck" <trentbuck at gmail.com>

> To: <henning.vonbargen at arcor.de>

> Cc: <reportlab-users at reportlab.com>

> Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 11:32 AM

> Subject: Re: [reportlab-users] fixing bugs in 2.2 / Hyphenation support



>> On Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 11:27:02PM +0200, henning.vonbargen at arcor.de

>> wrote:


>>> It was difficult for me to create a minimal invasive integration of

>>> the wordaxe hyphenation library into ReportLab. The best solution I

>>> could think of still required a minimal change to rl_codecs.py.


>>> ==> It would help a lot if my version of rl_codecs.py could make

>>> it into the RL repository. I can hardly imagine how this could

>>> break existing code, but who knows... This should be reviewed by ?

>>> the RL people.


>> This fix has not been integrated into reportlab 2.2. Is there a

>> reportlab issue tracker (BTS) that I can use to monitor the status of

>> this bug? I could not find any mention of such a thing on

>> reportlab.org or www.reportlab.com.


> No, there isn't. However, ReportLab has recently announced that there

> will be one soon (whatever that means).



>> As the soon-to-be Debian maintainer wordaxe, I have configured the

>> wordaxe package to automatically replace (cleanly, via diversions)

>> reportlab's misbehaving rl_codecs.py with wordaxe's version.


> Does this mean Debian is to include wordaxe in their distribution? Cool!



>> Attached is a diff between the rl_codecs.py files in RL 2.2 and

>> Wordaxe 0.2.6, to demonstrate to lurking reportlab developers just how

>> minimal this patch is.


> Sorry, but there wasn't any attachment in your message.


> Henning


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