Re: .pdf vs. .html

Subject: Re: .pdf vs. .html
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 09:21:07 -0700

Acrobat Reader can handle URLs to bookmarks:

What's your source format?

Generally, HTML makes more sense for online use, but PDF is better for
downloading for offline use. Some places do only PDF, some only HTML,
some both.

I always produce a PDF, even if it's not distributed to customers, as
it's more convenient for printing and some kinds of searches.

On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 6:22 AM, Anne Woolson <anne -dot- woolson -at- rimage -dot- com> wrote:
> Hello,
> 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
> presentation?
> 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.

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