Re: Editorial Against PDFs

Subject: Re: Editorial Against PDFs
From: Dianna Massey <dmassey -at- CELERITY -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 11:33:24 -0500

Barb Ostapina wrote:

Dianna is assuming that anyone who videotapes a play is trying to produce a
quick-and-dirty movie.

Nope. Not my assumption at all. Remember, I said they are calling it a
movie, not a videotape of a play. I will maintain my belief that if you
want people to use content on a web, it should be designed for a web. I
have observed many people using web publications. In the case you
describe, most print the document and never use it on the web. It all goes
to intention -- how do you want the document to be used?

If your intention is to use the web as only a mechanism for hard copy
delivery -- for looking at and printing a document designed for standard
hard copy production -- PDF is fine. I will not argue that in many cases
this is appropriate. It is also the gist of my argument for PDF.

Dianna Massey
Documentation Specialist
Celerity Systems, Inc.
1400 Centerpoint Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37932
Switchboard: (423) 539-5300
Fax: (423) 539-5390

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