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

Subject: RE: Nielsen frags PDF with misinformative Alertbox... AGAIN!
From: Tom Murrell <trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 13:15:23 -0700 (PDT)

--- eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com wrote:
> Tom Murrell wrote:
> <<Certainly it took a lot more work that creating HTML would have>>
> Is it, for example, really more difficult for someone with little PDF
> knowledge to produce a good PDF than it is for someone with little
> HTML knowledge to produce good HTML?

Eric, you've got me there. I can't know the answer to that question
since I didn't go into this latest project with "little PDF knowledge"
or "little HTML knowledge." And I'm so old I can't remember when I
didn't know something about both (but then that could have been last
week <g>).

> I don't think out-of-the-box default settings for save as/print PDF
> are any worse than out-of-the box default settings for save as

*I* didn't think so, either, until my readers complained about this and
that, and I had to delve into Acrobat to come up with fixes, where
possible, for their problems. *I* was quite happy to do the defaults.
They looked fine to me, and I knew how to work them. Regrettably, my
users were of a different mind. So I had to work that week. What a
bummer!! <g>

> But, if we consider the difference between creating bookmarks in PDF
> versus providing a frame with a tree view in HTML, which takes more
> work for a neophyte?

I dunno. We got any neophytes out there who want to buy Acrobat and try
their hand at self-learning? It would help if they were also neophytes
at HTML and could learn that, too, so the comparison, for that one
person, would provide a data point.

*I* wasn't slamming PDFs. Others are doing that, and I don't think it
is totally warranted. But neither do I think it is totally unwarranted, either.

Tom Murrell
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