E-book formats

Subject: E-book formats
From: "Brasel, Russell" <russell -dot- brasel -at- hccredit -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 14:42:03 -0600

I've found that .chm files run afoul of a recent (well, within the past
year) MS security update, because .chm files can contain executable
code. There is a workaround, but for those of us without admin level on
our boxes at work, it's not feasible. Also, HTML Help 2.0 support
doesn't exist in Vista (or so I think-I'm not entirely certain), which
leads me to think Help 2.0 is going the way of WinHelp.

Microsoft has a .mht format for sending encapsulated html files via
email, but I. . . Well, I hate it. The layout tends to corrupt when

At this point, I can't think of a file format better than .pdf for
compatibility across OS X, XP, Vista, and Linux, despite its drawbacks.
Also, you seem to have all the software you need, and. . . Well, now
that pdf will be an ISO standard, do you think it may become the
de-facto ebook format? It certainly seems poised for that.

Russell Brasel
Technical Writer
Dent-A-Med, Inc. d/b/a The HELPCard
479-750-6700 ext 245
russell -dot- brasel -at- hccredit -dot- com


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