I did a copy-paste from a PDF, the text that should have been pasted is:


But, instead, I get some VERY strange characters. Demonstrated in the following screenshot:

Weird 2

The screenshot was taken from TextEdit, zoomed in a lot.

Does anyone have any idea as to what they are?


They are characters from the private use part of Unicode.

hence the "space alien"

  • Which means that the PDF encoding is off, yes? – user3463 Nov 15 '10 at 5:10
  • Or the PDF is using a font that defines these somehow, and copy-pasting into a standard font is causing the issue. – ssube Nov 15 '10 at 5:15

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