RE: Nielsen frags PDF with misinformative Alertbox... AGAIN!

Subject: RE: Nielsen frags PDF with misinformative Alertbox... AGAIN!
From: Keith Cronin <kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 15:10:23 -0400

I'm not confident in deliverables that assume above-average user knowledge,
be it a PDF, a Word template, or whatever. Whether it's indicative of a
weakness in Adobe's design, poor marketing, or poor user education, the
bottom line is that in my experience the average user - and thus, my average
audience - does not know how to effectively use PDFs and/or the Acrobat

It's like the metric system. It's probably a better system, but that doesn't
negate the fact that most Americans don't know how to use it.

Aaaack - I'm violating my self-inflicted 1-post-a-day maximum. Hope you're
happy now, mister.

Keith Cronin
who likes how his weight sounds better in kilos than in pounds
(and even more in stones)

-----Original Message-----
From: Goober Writer [mailto:gooberwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2003 2:56 PM
To: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com; TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: Nielsen frags PDF with misinformative Alertbox... AGAIN!

> Actually, as much NOT a fan of Jakob Nielsen as I
> am, I'm in total
> agreement with his article. I hate PDF for anything
> other than a hardcopy
> document whose publication is completely under my
> control. As a final
> softcopy deliverable I think they're awful.

Only as implemented. Most people don't know how to
create a good PDF, just like most people have no idea
how to prep files for color publishing, or how to
write a HTML page without an export filter.

Blame the implementation, not the format. The format
can be very successful online.

Goober Writer
(because life is too short to be inept)

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