Re: On PDFs

Subject: Re: On PDFs
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 10:12:27 -0400

"Robert Plamondon" <robert -at- plamondon -dot- com> wrote:

>This is the Age of Science. Take an HTML version and a PDF version of the
>same document and try using them over a 56k modem connection. All will be
>revealed. The results will probably depend on the document and what the
>user's looking for.

That's a rather oversimplified experimental design.

What kind of server is being used? How is it configured? Who controls that? What transmission protocol is going to be used (HTTP, FTP, SMTP)? What is the content of the document (proportions of textand tables:images:diagrams)? How critical is layout and design to the communication value of the document? What settings were used to generate the PDF? From what source application? What advanced features were used? How clean is the HTML? What are the browser compatibility issues?

And while we're at it, why not test the same document rendered as a Flash file? ;-)

That only scratches the surface.

I'm afraid there are no one-size-fits-all answers to this conundrum.


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