[Wikimediaindia-l] PDF rendering of Indian language wiki pages

Srikanth Lakshmanan srik.lak at gmail.com
Mon Feb 14 18:12:09 UTC 2011

Hi Santhosh,

Cool!. Just have some feedback on the generated PDF (Same article ilangai on
tamil wikipedia). I see line spacing is not uniform and some characters from
adjacent lines overlap, but a slightly more important issue is spacing
within the words for certain characters[Am not sure if its a repeatable
pattern for a particular charater], but certainly it takes a toll on
readability since it gives space with in a word. I am not sure if its a
tamil specific issue too.

Tested on Windows XP with Firefox where tamil wikipedia reads fine.


On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 22:36, Santhosh Thottingal <
santhosh.thottingal at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> We are working on a Complex script PDF rendering library named
> PyPDFLib(https://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/pypdflib/). One of its
> test case (or use case) is to render a wiki page in complex script(any
> Indian Language) to PDF. Currently PDF export feature is not
> available(not working) for Indian language wiki projects because of
> technical incapability of Python Reportlab library.
> Just wanted to give an early preview of this software library through
> an online interface : http://silpa.smc.org.in/Render
> You can try with a Wikipedia page in your language and verify the generated
> PDF.
> You can also access this using this URL
> http://silpa.smc.org.in/Render?wiki=http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/இலங்கை
> (replace that wiki URL with other page addresses too - any Ianguage -
> not limited to Indian languages)
> There are lot of items not implemented, but your feedback is requested
> on the current version.
> The library uses Pango for text rendering and Cairo for graphics and
> PDF features.
> ps: Don't get surprised if you get a 500 Error page for the random
> page you are trying. Just try another wiki page ;)
> Thanks
> Santhosh Thottingal
> http://thottingal.in
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