Re[2]: PDF versus HTML

Subject: Re[2]: PDF versus HTML
From: Iain Harrison <iharrison -at- SCT -dot- CO -dot- UK>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 14:34:19 GMT

Unfortunately it isn't as simple as that. Recently, we wanted to
put some documentation on-line, and needed an Acrobat viewer for
the platform in use by the customer. Xwindows on IBM RS/6000 isn't
exactly an obscure platform, but there was no .PDF viewer for it
last year.

Looking into it, I found that there were only Acrobat viewers for a
limited number of platforms - far fewer than those supported by
HTML viewers.

Admittedly, Microsoft Internet Explorer only runs on a very limited
range of software, but it is free, and Netscape seems to support
many platforms, although not for free! I suspect that there will be
more and more HTML readers arriving to display on-line help and
documentation in the near future.

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> PDF Cons
> ==============================
> User's have to download Acrobat rather than use their
> original browser.

But do you know that 100% of your users already have an html browser?
And, as was mentioned by someone else, you can include the
Acrobat reader on your CD so users don't have to download anything.

If it's more important that your users be able to alter the material,
or if you will need to update the material regularly, I'd use html.
Otherwise, I think Acrobat is a good choice.

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