.pdf vs. .html

Subject: .pdf vs. .html
From: "Anne Woolson" <anne -dot- woolson -at- rimage -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 08:22:52 -0500


My company is wanting to move away from posting our documentation as
.PDFs on our support site, and move to presenting them in .HTML. I'm not
at all thrilled with this idea, especially since our user manuals are
long (300+ pages) and heavily formatted. I think this will be a
nightmare to do initially and equally bad (or worse) to maintain.

Can anyone tell me what the industry standard really is? And any insight
as to what formats are going to be useful in the future? Is there a
consensus on what is the right format to be using for online

One point I can't answer is - is there a way to have an html link on our
web page jump to a specific bookmark in a .pdf? If so, that may solve my
problem outright.

Thanks for your input,

Anne Woolson Quinlan

Supervisor, Technical Publications


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