Subject: Re: HTML v. PDF
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 09:12:44 -0800

In my case, it depends on how I'm using it. If I just want to take a quick
look online and don't expect to want to save, I'd choose HTML. But if it's
a doc that I want to download to able to view offline later, I'd prefer PDF,
especially if I know there's a printed version of the same doc out in the
world that I might have to reference someday. But I always download
the PDF and read it locally, I never read PDFs online. Given a choice,
what I'd most prefer would be HTML with a link that says "click here to
download a PDF of this document."

Flash is the one format I really dislike for all purposes.

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lee Hunter" <leeghunter -at- gmail -dot- com>
> The responses from the PDF experts sound much like the responses from
> Flash experts whenever Neilsen dumps on Flash (i.e. blaming inexpert
> creators for the bad rap). But this doesn't change the fact that a
> significant number of users have developed a genuine distaste for PDF
> (and Flash). Given the choice of an HTML and PDF version of a file I
> will always choose HTML. if for no other reason than I feel I know
> what I'm going to get with HTML (i.e. it won't be a honking big file
> that lacks browsing format and features). You might have done all the
> right things with the PDF but given the choice, I'd still click the
> HTML file. If PDF is the only option, I sometimes won't bother opening
> it.


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