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EUR currency symbol displays as question mark in PDF



When an application generates a PDF through the activity pyViewAsPDF, the EUR currency symbol (€) displays as a question mark (?) in the PDF.

Error Messages

Not Applicable

Steps to Reproduce

Use the activity pyViewAsPDF to generate a PDF for which the source document contains the EUR currency symbol.

Root Cause

The activities pyViewAsPDF, HTMLtoPDF, and activities referenced by these two activities do not correctly process the HTML character entity “€” or its Unicode counterpart. This is most likely caused by an incorrect encoding of the character set that is used in these activities.

For the case described here, the activity pyViewAsPDF (@baseclass:pyViewAsPDF;Pega-IntegrationEngine:07-10-15) refers to the activity HTMLtoPDF (@baseclass:HTMLToPDF;Pega-IntegrationArchitect:07-10-17). Here, an HTML rule passes HTML-Paragraphs as HTMLStream parameter. Some of these HTML-Paragraphs contain the EUR currency symbol.

The third-party software used to generate the PDF needs to refer to a font library containing Unicode characters.


When your application uses the activities pyViewAsPDF, HTMLtoPDF, or activities referenced by these two activities, make sure that a valid directory is passed in the pyPDFFontsDirectory parameter.

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Published December 18, 2017 - Updated October 8, 2020

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