Quick Look: Fails to display superscript/subscript characters properly in Pages documents

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh, Microsoft, Pages
March 7th, 2008 • 2:40 pm

Take a Pages document that contains text formatted using the superscript or subscript option:

Pages document with superscript and subscript

Then select said document in the Finder in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and use the Quick Look feature to peek inside without opening the document:

Quick Look on Pages document with superscript

Oops. The superscript/subscript is in the right place, but not with the correct font size. Instead, it looks like Quick Look renders the text with the same font size as the rest of the body of the document.

Ironically, if you then export that same document as a Microsoft Word document in Pages and apply Quick Look to the resulting Word document in the Finder, you get this:

Quick Look on Word document with superscript

This time the font size is correct!

Since, as far as I know, the engines used to render Pages documents and Word documents in Quick Look were both designed by Apple, it is rather disappointing to see that Apple’s engineers did not apply the same level of care to the rendering engine for their own Pages file format as to the rendering engine for the third-party Microsoft Word file format.

Oh well. I’ve submitted a bug report. Maybe it’ll get fixed one day.

2 Responses to “Quick Look: Fails to display superscript/subscript characters properly in Pages documents”

  1. dan says:

    That only happens if you do not select the “include preview” option when saving the pages documents. If you do tick the preview option, Pages creates a PDF preview of the document which is what is displayed in QuickLook.

  2. Pierre Igot says:

    Thanks for the correction. But since Word documents don’t include a PDF preview as far as I know, there clearly is a flaw for Pages documents that isn’t there for Word documents.

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