Survey: how do you use PDFs

Subject: Survey: how do you use PDFs
From: Becca Price <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 11:17:04 -0700 (PDT)

When you get a document in PDF form, how do you use it? that is,
do you:

* read it online
* print it out
* read it online and print out only sections of the document

This has become a *big* issue for us. The question was raised
by our HF specialist. She doesn't like PDF format, because,
basically, she's used to the web paradigm, and keeps expecting
Acrobat Reader to act like WebHelp or WinHelp.

She does have a point, however: maybe we should revisit the
decision to use PDF format, if most of our users only read our
docs online or only print out small sections rather than the
whole document. Or, if we stay with PDF, maybe we should format
the documents more appropriately for online use than for hard

So: if you use PDFs, how do you format them? maintaining the
paper doc metaphor or more for online use?



Becca Price
beccap -at- rust -dot- net (primary address)

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