[Archivesspace_Users_Group] EAD - Print to PDF @ v1.1.2 - can't display Chinese Characters

Chris Fitzpatrick Chris.Fitzpatrick at lyrasis.org
Wed Mar 18 07:01:11 EDT 2015

Hi Sheila,

So, I just confirmed that the library ASpace uses to convert EAD to PDF  ( Apache FOP ) replaces missing fonts with this "#", so we need to add a way to include additional fonts for the PDF generation.

I've added a ticket here:


In regards to your other two EADs, it looks like you have some data problems.

PC004 has a couple of notes that include <?> which invalidates the XML.

PC001 has a couple of notes with unclosed <p> tags ( looks like two bioghist notes lack </p> and a scopecontent note has an extra </p> )

Hopefully we can add the additional font feature in an upcoming release.


Chris Fitzpatrick | Developer, ArchivesSpace
Skype: chrisfitzpat  | Phone: 918.236.6048
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Subject: Re: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] EAD - Print to PDF @ v1.1.2 - can't display Chinese Characters

Dear Chris,

I am sending you another PDF + its corresponding EAD files, where the Chinese characters can't be displayed probably.  Please see the file name.

But we come up with another issue about "Fail to load PDF".   We found if a record carrying some manually key in html code like <br> <p> without having its corresponding </p>, the PDF would become "Fail to load".   We reviewed our records and get some records be able to print as PDF again.  But for two major records that we keep testing on ASpace, we tried to clean up as many codes as we could, but still can't figure out why they keep having the problem of "Fail to Load PDF".  I am attaching their EAD (with indication from the file name) for your checking.  Would be nice if you could advise us for any solution for that.




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Hi Sheila,

Can you send me a copy of the EAD XML? It's most likely that some additional fonts will have to be installed to get the PDF feature to work with certain characters.


From: Sheila CHEUNG Sze Lui
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Subject: EAD - Print to PDF @ v1.1.2 - can't display Chinese Characters

We previous found problem with EAD - Print to PDF in v1.1.1, where the PDF can't be opened with an error msg (Failed to Load PDF document).  This problem seems to have resolved at v1.1.2, but all Chinese characters changed "#".  Attached with the output PDF for reference.  Would there be any help & advice to fix this issue?

Sheila Cheung
Lingnan University Library

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