Ligatures are not copiable nor searchable in Preview

Number:rdar://31065125 Date Originated:2017-03-15
Status:Open Resolved:
Product:macOS + SDK Product Version:10.11.6
Classification:Usability Reproducible:Always
PDFkit fails to render ligatures (such as fi and fl) as searchable and copiable characters. This works with OS X up to Yosemite, but somehow is broken in El Capitan and Sierra. A minimal working example is attached, created with XeLaTeX. The ligatures contained in this example cannot be copied nor searched correctly by Preview. The same document works fine with other PDF readers that do not rely on PDFKit.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. open the attached PDF file with Preview
2. select and copy the text included in the PDF
3. paste the copied text into any editor, such as TextEdit

Expected Results:
The pasted text should read:
This text should be entirely copiable, but it is not: figure literature ligature final.

Actual Results:
The pasted text is:
This text should be entirely copiable, but it is not:  gure literature ligature  nal.

OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 (15G1217)
Preview 8.1 (877.7)



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