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Greek Characters not showing in PDF documents



There is a data table which contains a particular column that has Greek characters in it.
When running the report definition in the data table class, the characters are rendered properly, but "Export to PDF" does not render the Greek characters properly

Error Messages

Error message in Tracer: unable to obtain static content: /smartpaas-app/tomcat/node1/temp/

Steps to Reproduce

1.Create a data table and add data (in Greek characters) to a specific attribute
2.Run the report definition contained in the data table class
3.Click on Export to PDF
4.PDF generated, but Greek characters not rendered properly

Root Cause

The root cause of this problem is defect/misconfiguration in the PRPC operating environment. 
Font were not placed in correct folder and hence it was not picked up.

For linux system fonts should be placed in JRE fonts dir. 

After making sure HTMLtoPDF is working fine. Export to excel for Report Definition was not working fine
This was because fonts were not specified in css for Report Definition


This issue is resolved through the following local change: 

For linux system,  fonts should be placed in JRE fonts directory. 
Below parameters have to be set for HTMLtoPDF activity and place proper fonts in fonts directory. Also user should have full access to the directory.

Param.pyPDFFontsDirectory :/usr/java/jdk1.7.0_71/jre/lib/fonts
Param.pyPDFEmbedFont : true.

CSS font-family needs to be added to make Report Definition work properly.
Open the rule "workform_pyReportingSkin " and add the below text (CSS rule) into this,

body table td{ font-family: sans-serif !important; }


Published January 31, 2016 - Updated October 8, 2020

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