I was struggling with an unbelievably annoying error, where PDF::Writer (or pdf-writer as it’s also called) simply refused to show special accented characters incl the Euro sign, but presented garbage instead. Turns out that as of pdf-writer 1.1.8, the following is the case:
- No, it doesn’t accept utf-16, despite what it claims
- Feeding it utf-8, will look fine for what can be mapped to 7bit ASCII
- Feeding it Win-1252 seems to do the trick, although some people claim it’s also hit and miss.
In your class doing the PDF generation, add a method like this:
And then call that to output all the text.
YMMV, but it worked for me.