accessing pdf documents with speakup

luke speakup at
Fri Aug 15 19:58:38 EDT 2008

The best way I have found, is the "pdftotext" program, from the XPDF 

It has the advantage of different presentation styles: if the document 
does not look good while viewing in in the default format, you can try 
with the "-layout" or "-raw" option, to try a different style of display.

Execution example:

pdftotext -layout file.pdf - | fmt | less

or just:

pdftotext file.pdf - | fmt | less

(Note: "fmt" wrapps the lines, which will otherwise break strangely)

That is not the only way to run it, but it is the form I usually use.



On Mon, 11 Aug 2008, Don Raikes wrote:

> Hello all,
> Now that I have speakup working, I need to know is there a way to read
> pdf documents when using speakup?
> In my work, I have a need to read a lot of pdf documents, and I don't
> know of a command-line application which would allow me to read them.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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