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From Vincent Hennebert <vhenneb...@gmail.com>
Subject Re-architecturing Tagged PDF
Date Tue, 06 Sep 2011 13:49:02 GMT
Hi All,

As can be seen in Bugzilla #50852 [1], the current implementation of
tagged PDF has fundamental limitations that prevent some features from
working. Among others, an empty table cell will not show up in the
structure tree, such that a screen reader will effectively shift other
cells by one column.

Also, building a structure tree using a preliminary XSLT does not scale
well, and is not even necessary since the structure tree is almost
readily available in form of the FO tree.

Of course it’s possible to warp the current code into something that
more or less does the job, but besides not solving the performance issue
that would make it too difficult to understand and maintain.

I’d like to work with Peter on re-architecturing the tagged PDF code.
The broad idea is to integrate the construction of the structure tree
into the current processing pipeline (XSL-FO -> FO tree -> Layout
Managers -> Area Tree -> Rendering etc.).

We will work on a temporary branch forked off Trunk so that interested
parties can follow our progress. Once the work is done we will call for
a vote to merge it back to Trunk.

Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

[1] https://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=50852
    See also comment #21
    And mailing list: http://markmail.org/message/mn7jdbxmjdq7ey52

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