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Pdf Header Format Question

Mar 22, 2013 9:56 AM

Hello, I have a question about the PDF header. I have noticed that we have some pdf's that have a header like "%PDF-1.3\r\n", note that this header has both a carraige return and line feed (\r\n). Then I have some other PDF's with a header like "%PDF-1.5\r", this has only a carraige return and NO line feed. Is the header without the line feed still valid? I have done some page extracts from Adobe Acrobat Pro (v 8.1.0) and noticed that when saving the page extracts from the Adobe software it also creates a header without a line feed character, so I'm guessing this is valid but would like confirmation. Thank you for your time.

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    Mar 22, 2013 10:29 AM   in reply to Doug0101

    This is all described in section 7.5 of the PDF spec (File Structure). In

    7.5.1 (General), you'll find the following about the line endings: "Each

    line shall be terminated by an end-of-line (EOL) marker, which may be a

    CARRIAGE RETURN (0Dh), a LINE FEED (0Ah), or both. "


    So, you can use one of the three different methods of ending a line: \r, \n

    or \r\n




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