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Symbology and text may render as composite black C=100 M=100 Y=100 K=100 instead of pure black C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=100 in some graphics-, pre-flight- or rasterizer applications.
This is a known issue.
There are two possible workarounds.
While some raster-based graphic and pre-flight applications show this black text as composite black, Adobe Illustrator should display the black text correctly when viewing ArcMap 8.x created PDF, EPS and AI files.
Ensure Service Pack 2 or higher is installed for best results from these exporters.