Can I copy/paste Python code?

Oscar Benjamin oscar.j.benjamin at
Tue Jul 21 19:02:16 CEST 2015

On Tue, 21 Jul 2015 at 17:16 Ben Bacarisse <ben.usenet at> wrote:

> Christian Gollwitzer <auriocus at> writes:
> > On 21.07.2015 04:55, Chris Angelico wrote:
>> Sounds like a flaw in the PDF - it creates indentation in some way
> >> other than leading spaces/tabs.
> >
> > PDF never uses tabs and spaces for indentation. In a PDF file,
> > typically all words are placed using a drawing operator individually,
> > the space is made up by your eyes when see the file.
> It's not really a PDF issue.  It's to do with how the document is
> produced.  I've just looked at a few PDF files and I have found all
> three layout methods used for code: positioning, spaces and tabs.  Of
> course those that use spaces may be violating some PDF rule or other,
> but such files certainly exist in the wild.

They're not violating any PDF rule. PDF as a format was not designed with
this kind of usage in mind. The idea of a PDF is that contains as much
information as is required to unambiguously represent the *appearance* of a
document. It's really a vectorised image format (like SVG) but with a few
extra document-like features (e.g. pages).

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