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What do you think about PDFs?
Beyond the obvious portability of PDF is there any redeeming quality to it?
Well, it's always been the format of choice for user manuals. The obvious advantage is that there are plenty of available viewers and it prints well. A pdf with embedded fonts always looks the same and the producer has complete control over that look.
I do a lot of work for ODF authors (the OpenOffice/ LibreOffice documentation team) and all their user guides are published as PDFs. It's also the native format for Lulu.com, the self-publishing site.
What you're really complaining about is the use of PDFs where a web page would do the job better. But that applies to anyone who uses an inappropriate medium or format for a job."I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"
You either love them or you hate them. I used to work in the printing business
and we used a lot of PDFs, because they print consistently. The document
looks good on paper without having to do a lot of editing or adjusting.
The US gov't publishes blank forms as PDFs. You can download a
1040 form from the IRS and print it and it will be a genuine
1040 that you can use to file your income tax.
PDFs don't look god on a computer screen, because they don't flow
like HTML I hate reading them online. They aren't well suited for that.
I agree with Hazel, the problem is using PDF's where a web page or page of text document is better. For a manual, book, etc. they are great, but for a 1-3 page plain text document, I hate them.Registered Linux user #526930
Meh, I don't much care for them at all. I would rather see everything in an open format that anything can create.
But all of the professors at my university use it, so I must also.
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