RE: STC Competition Question

Subject: RE: STC Competition Question
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 14:26:49 -0400

John,

If I may, I disagree completely: PDFs are _really_ print and _really_
online. To say they are not ignores the reality of how this file type is
being used extensively to present information online, with hyperlinks, and
yet in a printable form. Even considering switching XSLs or CSSes in the
middle-of-things, can you tell me which other format meets the need that is
met by PDFs? PDF certainly does allow you to get a wide range of documents
online and lets millions take advantage of online media . . ..

Seriously, while I understand and could probably be persuaded to agree with
you that PDF might need a separate category--though there is fair room for
debate on that--I am completely surprised and a tad disappointed that a
veteran STC judge would consider PDFs to neither be *online* nor *print*.

Best regards,

Sean
sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: jgarison -at- ide -dot- com [SMTP:jgarison -at- ide -dot- com]
> As an experienced STC judge (print and online) it's a tough place to be.
>
> PDFs are not *really* online and not *really* print. In order to excel as
> an
> online publication, they need to truly take advantage of the online
> medium,
> and honestly, PDF doesn't really allow that to happen. OTOH, PDF isn't
> really print either.
>
> IMHO, they belong more in the print category, though, but be prepared
> that,
> when you submit a bunch of laser printed single-side pages, you're
> probably
> not going to win.
>
> If I had my druthers, they'd have a separate PDF category.

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