[linux-elitists] What's wrong with PDF

Michael Still mikal@stillhq.com
Tue Nov 11 02:51:20 PST 2003

On Mon, 10 Nov 2003, Adam Sampson wrote:

> Tilghman Lesher <zgp-org@the-tilghman.com> writes:
> > Well, there is one other advantage of PDF over plain text.  When you
> > change the font face, font size, margins, or any other of the myriad
> > formatting options in a plain text document, you generally lose the
> > ability to request that someone look at "page 48, third paragraph, line
> > 3" and expect that you'll find the same sentence as anybody else.
> With a plain text document, you can always say "line 1234", and with
> structured documents you can usually say "section 1.3".

Which has been noted by others to not be a solid arguement.

> I don't
> consider needing to deal with page numbers to be an advantage, and
> probably won't until somebody buys me a monitor big enough to
> comfortably view a full portrait A4 page at once.

With PDF I can set bookmarks, much like HTML anchors.

Dude 19" monitors are cheap now.



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