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From "Amir H. Jadidinejad" <amir.jad...@yahoo.com.INVALID>
Subject Re: How to find the position of a specific paragraph in the input PDF? (UNCLASSIFIED)
Date Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:41:52 GMT
Dear Mark,
Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately, I don't understand the relation between your post and
the question! 
I'm newbie in PDFBox, would you please elaborate how to extract the position of a specific
paragraph using the attached code?
It seems that it works with "fields" in the input pdf file. I'm looking for paragraphs, what's
their relation?
Kind regards,

 From: "Strein, Mark C CIV USARMY TRADOC ANALYSIS CTR (US)" <mark.c.strein.civ@mail.mil>
To: "users@pdfbox.apache.org" <users@pdfbox.apache.org>; Amir H. Jadidinejad <amir.jadidi@yahoo.com>

Sent: Monday, August 4, 2014 3:52 PM
Subject: RE: How to find the position of a specific paragraph in the input PDF? (UNCLASSIFIED)

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Morning Sir,
The basic construct for extracting the value in a field is:

) - note: I use fully qualified names(FQN) to prevent errors

My way of extracting the FQN is as follows(the short version):

private void processField(PDField field,boolean buildPDList) throws
            List kids = field.getKids();
            if(kids != null)
                Iterator kidsIter = kids.iterator();
                    Object pdfObj = kidsIter.next();
                    if(pdfObj instanceof PDField)
                        PDField kid = (PDField)pdfObj;
                //other processing

Hope that helps.

Mark Strein

-----Original Message-----
From: Amir H. Jadidinejad [mailto:amir.jadidi@yahoo.com.INVALID] 
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2014 8:53 PM
To: user pdfbox
Subject: How to find the position of a specific paragraph in the input PDF?

I'm going to extract the content of a PDF file using PDFBox library. The
content should be processed paragraph-by-paragraph and for each paragraph, I
need its position for follow-up processing. Using the following code, I can
extract the whole content of an input PDF:

PDDocument doc = PDDocument.load(file);
PDFTextStripper stripper = new PDFTextStripper(); String txt =
stripper.getText(doc); doc.close();

I have two problems:

    1. I don't know how to extract the content paragraph by paragraph.
    2. I don't know how to store the position of a paragraph for follow-up
processing (for example highlighting and etc.)


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