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From "Gustavo Hexsel (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (PDFBOX-422) Methods are marked as deprecated but they're effectively dead
Date Wed, 11 Feb 2009 22:27:59 GMT

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Gustavo Hexsel commented on PDFBOX-422:
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Thanks for the prompt response.

Yes, I saw the methods, they just don't carry the text position anymore (also, blocks get
merged).

This is fine, the class is doing what is supposed to (according to its name).  We had a use-case
(specifically document redaction) that needed to bring back the text and the associated positions
of each char, which we were doing by using the startup of the text block and each individual
character width.


> Methods are marked as deprecated but they're effectively dead
> -------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: PDFBOX-422
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PDFBOX-422
>             Project: PDFBox
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Text extraction
>    Affects Versions: 0.8.0-incubator
>            Reporter: Gustavo Hexsel
>
> There are several methods on PDFTextStripper and PDFStreamEngine that are marked @deprecated,
but they are not really used by the existing infrastructure anymore.
> This would be ok if such methods weren't callbacks.  In this case, it breaks pre-existing
code, and prevents the compiler from letting you know the methods are not to be used anymore.
> Simply removing the methods would have been a much better solution in this case. 
> Example of said methods:
> org.apache.pdfbox.util.PDFTextStripper#processLineSeparator
> org.apache.pdfbox.util.PDFTextStripper#processWordSeparator
> org.apache.pdfbox.util.PDFTextStripper#writeCharacters

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