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Topic: Using box drawing characters (unicode or LineDraw)
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 74610
Date: 10/21/2002 06:49 AM
Instead of using a text2pdf script, you could perhaps find an API which allows you to draw lines as well.
Run through your text finding the positions of the "box" characters, replace these with spaces and draw the equivalent lines onto the PDF (working out the position of the lines from the row and column that the original character was in).
We used this very same method for a customer a few months ago with decent results. The only problem is that a 1 byte "box" character gets converted into at least 25 or so bytes (the line operations making the file size slightly larger.