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Beatnik (493)

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A 29 year old belgian who likes Mountain Dew, Girl Scout Cookies, Tim Hortons French Vanilla Flavoured Cappucinno, Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate, Belgian women, Magners Cider, chocolate chipped cookies and Perl. Likes snowboarding, snorkling, sailing and silence. Bach can really cheer him up! He still misses his dog.

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Journal of Beatnik (493)

Monday May 30, 2005
10:39 AM

Google woes

[ #24946 ]
Our all-time favorite search engine has a nice feature that let's you read PDF files (among others) as HTML. However, that feature could use a little tweaking here and there.
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  • Not Google’s fault. The design of Postscript and PDF is such that the only guarantee you have is that rendering them will yield the exact same result, wherever it happens. Any other operation, such as trying to extract text, is not reliably possible.

    It works in a usefully large number of cases because documents are generally machine-generated by low-complexity processes. Think of how it is easy to scrape information out of HTML pages using regexes if they were all generated by a script which populat