RE: Nielsen and PDFs

Subject: RE: Nielsen and PDFs
From: DGoldstein -at- DeusTech -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2003 11:13:31 -0600

Gene Kim-Eng brightened 7/15 with:
It's undoubtedly another "designer competency" thing, but I've yet to see a website with a "printer friendly" button that produced a printout fit for anything but a single page. HTML is great for browsing through a manual online, especially if there are a lot of illustrations, but for printing I want a format that has "printy things," like page numbers, chapter headers, TOCs and indices, and for saving a document to my drive for offline viewing, I want a document in a single file that I can easily download, move from place to place or send to someone else in email, not a directory full of individual page and image files.

In other words, you want an HTML version for online Help, and you want the "printer friendly" button to open a PDF version. Sounds like a plan to me.

HTML doesn't print well. PDF doesn't browse well. Let each do what it does best.

Dan Goldstein


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