Re: PDF v paper

Subject: Re: PDF v paper
From: Matt Ion <soundy -at- SOUNDY -dot- ML -dot- ORG>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 07:15:56 -0800

On Thu, 17 Dec 1998 06:45:15 -0800, Robert Plamondon wrote:

>On-line documentation uses a very weak medium: the computer monitor.
>Detailed drawings cannot be displayed properly, and the text is blurry and
>difficult to read compared to printed manuals.

Ain't that the truth! And let's not forget how different resolutions can
affect the view -- on my laptop at 800x600 on a 12.1" display, a help
dialog may fill a good third of the screen and the graphics and text be
particularly blocky because of the LCD. The same help dialog viewed on my
server, at 1280x1024 with a 15" monitor (~13.8 viewable) sits by itself
far down in a corner, the text extremely small. Color in graphics are
particularly mottled with the less-than-perfect video drivers for my
laptop's NeoMagic video chipset, running at 64k colors (especially
compared to the full 16.7M colors on the server).

To put it simply, it's a less-than-perfect environment for extensive
online reading.


Your friend and mine,
Matt
<All standard disclaimers apply>
"Reality is in alpha test on protoype hardware."
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