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Re: Attracting newbies

Douglas Allan Tutty wrote:
On Tue, Feb 06, 2007 at 10:09:30PM -0500, Michael Pobega wrote:
Pdf can have internal links as well as a table of contents that one can
click on.  On the other hand, one needs X to read it and a postscript
capable printer to print it (yes I know...).

Please note another problem with PDF:  The page size and layout
are fixed.

HTML adapts to the user's browser pane width (well, if the author
doesn't break HTML's ability to do that).  The user can choose
how much screen width to use for a browser, the browser can
wrap regular text and tables to fit, and the user doesn't have
to scroll horizontally to read the bulk of the page.

With PDF, the text is wrapped at a fixed width (once you pick
a magnification to make the text readable, the text columns
and the overall page size are fixed).  The user has to scroll
horizontally more frequently (possibly even once per line of
text depending on font size and page width).

>> PDF is good for it's sleekness really, ...

Are you thinking of PDF itself or laid-out documents you've seen
in PDF?


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