Subject: RE: HTML v. PDF
From: "Youngblood, Susan" <susan -dot- youngblood -at- ttu -dot- edu>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 10:39:40 -0600

Gene Kim-Eng wrote:

In my case, it depends on how I'm using it.
.... 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.

For me, too, it depends on the nature of the documentation. I do read some PDFs online, but I find it's a hassel. I only download PDFs if I know I suspect I'm going to refer to the doc regularly and if I think it will be a problem to get back to (burried deep in a complex site) without bookmarking.

I'd prefer to save paper and toner and not print the PDF, but a number of PDFs have too few links and require too much scrolling or repositioning. Migraine sufferers beware. Even if it's a document I'm likely to refer to constantly, I'd prefer well-designed HTML (with minimal scrolling) to a PDF that requires a lot of scrolling or requires me to reset the viewing properties when I open it.

Susan Youngblood


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