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Re: editing pdf files

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 08:20:30 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200104200720.f3K7KUP08578@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> it has been published as a read only pdf, although it is an application =
> form.

Do you mean it is not a PDF Form, or that it is flagged as readonly.
In the latter case, whether intentionally or not, the author is
re-inforcing the implied copyright on the form.  Even if the PDF is not
marked readonly, the implied copyright means that converting it into a PDF
Form would be a breach of copyright.  Doing a once only overlay of the
form electronically would also be a breach but as it is so close to the
expected use of the form, I think they would end up with only
token damages and their own costs to pay if they tried to prosecute,
but IANAL.

I've noticed a recent trend towards the assumption that making a web
resource accessible is a defence in copyright law; unfortunately the
authors have the right to expect that their bad design not be corrected.

> Does anyone know of a means of editing this document, other than =
> scanning, ocr.....?

Use Acrobat reader to convert it to PostScript and edit the PostScript.

If the form is not marked readonly, I assume that Acrobat Distiller could
add PDF Forms fields, although you can also do this, with some knowledge of
PostScript, by editing in the relevant PDFMark operators.

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