I am filling out this PDF form, IRS Form 1040, in evince 3.36.7 on Ubuntu 20.04 and having a problem that the numbers I input are not aligned correctly with the background bars. Please see this screenshot:
In the box filled by
123456789, the correct rendering should look like
5 is almost pushed out to the right of the second vertical bar. The spacing between the numbers are much wider than the form creator intended.
It looks that
Helvetica LT Std Bold font is assigned to this box, but I don't have this font. Ubuntu substituted it with
DejaVu Sans Bold.
I installed MS Core Fonts and changed the substitution with
Arial Bold by editing
fonts.conf file. However, the spacing did not change. (Screenshot not shown.)
I also tried filling and rendering the form in firefox, chrome, and okular, but they had the same spacing problem.
I think this problem have the same root as the issue reported in these posts.
The issue there has not been resolved for a several years, and it looks difficult to resolve it.
I would like to know any workarounds for this particular PDF form. Is it possible to specify substitution font size (to compensate the too-wide spacing)? Is there a PDF viewer that works? Should I buy the font?
Do Windows and Mac not have this problem? (If so why? Isn't this essentially a problem of fonts? I guess
Helvetica LT may not be on so many Windows or Mac computers.) If they work, does
The fonts used in the PDF are as following. Among them, the fonts for the input fields are
Helvetica LT Std Bold. I believe the numbers in question is
Helvetica LT Std Bold.
$ pdffonts f1040_ssn_sample.pdf name type encoding emb sub uni object ID ------------------------------------ ----------------- ---------------- --- --- --- --------- WVBKSB+UniversalStd-NewswithCommPi CID Type 0C Identity-H yes yes yes 1193 0 XULQGZ+ZapfDingbatsStd CID Type 0C Identity-H yes yes yes 1198 0 TGPSCH+HelveticaNeueLTStd-Roman Type 1C WinAnsi yes yes no 1200 0 ZHOHIV+HelveticaNeueLTStd-BlkCn Type 1C WinAnsi yes yes no 1202 0 XEPVGZ+HelveticaNeueLTStd-BdOu Type 1C WinAnsi yes yes no 1204 0 XEPVGZ+HelveticaNeueLTStd-Blk Type 1C WinAnsi yes yes no 1206 0 CEYUYP+ITCFranklinGothicStd-Demi Type 1C WinAnsi yes yes no 1208 0 UXBDQF+HelveticaNeueLTStd-Bd Type 1C WinAnsi yes yes no 1210 0 UXBDQF+HelveticaNeueLTStd-BdCn Type 1C WinAnsi yes yes no 1212 0 ATBIWT+HelveticaNeueLTStd-It Type 1C WinAnsi yes yes no 1214 0 Helvetica Type 1 WinAnsi no no no 143 0 HelveticaLTStd-Bold Type 1 WinAnsi no no no 144 0 ZapfDingbats Type 1 ZapfDingbats no no no 1114 0 ZHOHIV+AdobePiStd CID Type 0C Identity-H yes yes yes 69 0