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Re: PDF vs. HTML


From: drs18
Date: Jul 31, 2004 2:38PM

I know software companies like Adobe and Macromedia are working hard to make their proprietary packets of information accessible; I can't, without more critical experience, address their up-to-the-minute, company-line success rate.

If you feel that you must create PDF files for Web distribution, and must create HTML versions as well, you may want to consider learning a bit about print stylesheets for HTML. Support is great, and you can create very good print versions of your same data set, thereby eliminating the need for PDF.

You by-pass the "forms and tables in PDF" question.

If you have legacy PDF files that are going online without HTML versions, the work involved to create HTML versions, and then print styled versions, is fairly small for your return.

The long term benefit to the work involved in updating and maintaining content makes it well worth looking into. I like Meyer's article on A List Apart as a good place to start- http://www.alistapart.com/articles/goingtoprint/

David R. Stong
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Education Technology Services, a unit of
Teaching and Learning with Technology
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The Pennsylvania State University
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