Re: Documents on the web

Subject: Re: Documents on the web
From: "David M. Brown" <dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com>
To: Techwr-L post <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 17:46:05 -0700

"Cupps, Cathy D" wrote:
> ... advantages and disadvantages of...different formats
> such as HTML, HTML-Help, pdf, [and] others?

For virtually universal accessibility, you want HTML or PDF.

For printability, you want PDF.

For single-source print and hypertext, you want PDF.

The disadvantage of PDF is that you need Acrobat Reader to view it.

*** We chose PDF.

FrameMaker writes PDF easily, but it costs hundreds of dollars and the source files are less accessible to most people outside your doc group.

It's not *quite* as easy to create PDF from Word, but it's quite possible; and Word is already on nearly everyone's machine, making contributions and reviews much simpler.

*** We chose Word.


David M. Brown - Brown Inc.
dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com

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