On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 02:28:14AM -0400, songbird wrote: > when cutting and pasting from evince > to a terminal the process is translating > a "um" into a "mm" which is a signifcant > change for a technical document. > > the source document used was downloaded from: > > "http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/130425/srep01732/pdf/srep01732.pdf" > > search for the phrase > > "particle size between 200–500 um" > > and copy and paste it to any text terminal, > vi'd document, or even LibreOffice doc. all > do the same thing and translate it from um to > mm. > > so if someone can replicate this it would > help. if not, then i'd be stumped because > i have no familiarity with cut and paste > underpinnings... I suspect the problem is the source document. What you're reading as "200-500 μm", is actually (if I can 'translate' to HTML for clarity) "200-500 <font family="symbol">m</font>m". That is, the first character of the units is actually a lower-case M, but shown in a greek or symbol font, such that it is rendered like a Mu. I suspect that, if you want to fix this, you either need to convert the PDF with a sensible converter (try the pdf tools in debian; poppler-utils for example) or talk to the authors of the paper and see if you can get a copy of the source (maybe there was a Word or TeX document that it was written up in).
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