Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

CCITT encoding in PDF files – Introduction

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CCITT is a form of compression used in PDF files to squeeze down black and white data. This makes the PDF smaller (so faster to load and send). When the PDF page is decoded, the data is decompressed and converted back into the black and white image.

We have been doing some work on improving our CCITT decoder, so it seemed like a good item to write a series of articles about. The full list of articles is:-

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Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

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