[linux-elitists] What's wrong with PDF
Mon Nov 10 17:27:11 PST 2003
On 10-Nov-2003, Andrew wrote:
> > Someone who thinks HTML doesn't qualify as a reasonable method of
> > mixing text and graphics, necessitating PDF, _isn't_ a misplaced DTP
> > weenie?
> I've never seen any browser render the same document the same way in a
> cross-platform environment.
Hence "DTP weenie". The idea that documents *should* always render
exactly the same is archaic, and applies not at all to the age of
electronic documents. It implies that the restrictions of an outmoded
medium -- fixed-size printed pages -- should dictate the way users
interact with documents in electronic form.
When the medium necessitates fixed rendering (e.g. print), the PDF model
is a good one. For documents that should be accessible to more than one
medium, it's horrible.
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_o__) and nobody got scared." -- Jack Handey |
Ben Finney <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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