[linux-elitists] Re: What's wrong with PDF
Tue Nov 11 11:01:43 PST 2003
Tilghman Lesher <email@example.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. While it has been noted elsewhere in this thread that PDFs
> are not unchangeable, it does present a fairly sufficient barrier to
> doing just that.
Section Foo, paragraph xyz. Suggesting that sections are pointless
unless there are several per page is rather disingenuous.
> Also, it's worth noting that the PDF format is far more platform
> independent than the format it is generally used to replace,
> Microsoft Word. Given the choice between the two, I'm sure most
> elitists would pick TeX. However, like Microsoft Word, there is a
> serious lack of free TeX readers on most platforms.
Which platform are you looking for? I acknowledge that TeX is
unfortunately not terribly useful as a way to make documents
available, but that's mainly because most of the folks that write (and
read) PDFs have never heard of TeX.
Jeremy Hankins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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