Nielsen's Rating (of PDF)

Subject: Nielsen's Rating (of PDF)
From: Darren Barefoot <Darren -dot- Barefoot -at- capeclear -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 15:01:40 +0100

Well, to get nit-picky (and really, who doesn't like to get nit-picky?),
there are plenty of scenarios in which this particular characteristic of
HTML makes it better for file management.

For example: I've got our 500-page manual posted in HTML format on our Web
site. I determine that, doh, 5 screenshots are incorrect. I retake the
screenshots, upload the new versions, and I'm done. If it was posted in PDF
format, I'd have to insert the images in the source, then re-distill the
source and post the PDF to the site. What's more, the PDF will take longer
to post because it's probably considerly-bigger than my images.

On the other hand, if you're distributing this document by email, PDF would
obviously be preferable. DB.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Swallow, William [mailto:WSwallow -at- courion -dot- com]
> Sent: 22 June 2001 14:49
> Subject: RE: Nielsen's Rating (of PDF)
> :: Interesting points...can you suggest a scenario where it
> :: would preferable to produce a PDF formatted for online
> :: viewing as opposed to using HTML?
> Where file maintenance is an issue. A PDF is one file, where
> an HTML file
> can rely on many "support" files, from graphics to style sheets to
> referenced javascript...
> *****************
> Technical Writer


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