I’m trying to keep up on local affairs, and today I was reading the minutes of my local town council meeting. It’s a PDF file on the town web site. Two things annoy me about my town’s minutes: 1) They aren’t posted timely, and 2) they don’t have OCR data. As part of my looking into that 2nd issue, I opened the minutes in Adobe Acrobat and viewed properties:
The document was scanned by a Xerox WorkCentre 5955, and it created the PDF. As we know, some Xerox machines do amazing things, like breaking down documents into separate objects in ways that almost mimic what a human might do. This is a screen clip from the last page of the PDF file:
And here is the object that the Xerox created:
I guess the birthers would say this must indicate a computer-generated forgery. They would be wrong.