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Re: This is off-topic? perhaps.

Sorry fgor top posting.   Too much text below. 

PDF docs after filtering into plain text usually contain form-feed
chars; that is, Control-L.  Your Control-x l is giving the line count
from within only what page your'e sitting. 

My Emacs  21.4 does nothing on Control-x w so I'm not sure what you're
referring to. 

You might also have a look at the command fill-individual-paragraphs
which, if you mark the entire buffer, will usually go through and
re-fill all the text. 


Kalyan Mukherjea <kalyan.infinity@gmail.com> writes:

> Hello,
> I am not sure that this is the right place to ask this question since
> it does not really  concern  the way in which Emacspeak works;
> however I cannot imagine any person other than a blind Emacspeaker
> coming across thisphenomenon: it is not really a "problem". 
> I regularly receive mathematics research preprints from correspondents
> usually either as pdf or the raw LaTeX file.
> The latter do not pose a problem for deciphering. But I found out very
> quickly through the VM feature of converting pdf to text that
> `pdftotxg' gets foxed by mathematics and so I usually write back
> asking for the LaTeX file.
> A few days ago I received from a friend an article which he found (on
> perhaps) written by a great Russian mathematician. It was a pdf file
> but since it contained almost no formulae I enjoyed listening to the
> attachment being read out. But it is a long paper 38 pages!
> So I saved it and then did text conversion using pdftotxt. The result
> was curious to say the least!
> I opened the file mannin.txt and did C-xl (count-lines-page) and was
> shocked to hear 47 lines 0+47!
> As soon as I moved the cursor from the first line which had the title,
> I was stopped by a     query like:
> Read this 367 long line Y N?
> Reading the paper was impossible -- trying to find a phrase using C-s
> is also interrupted by such queries.
> So I set column-fill to 70 and paragraph by paragraph did a
> column-fill (M-q). Now I could search out page 34 using C-s but when I
> did C-x w I was told something like 3000 lines but C-x l still gave
> something like 45 +3.
> Saving the file works fine in the sense that these very long lines are
> gone and so one can read line-by-line, find places by C-s etc.
> But the contradictory answers given by C-x w and C-x l still persists.
> Is this a Emacs  (21.3) problem. It is not a "problem" for me --- just
> that I am going crazy trying to figure this out!
> Sorry for this noise.
> Kalyan
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