Re: PDF on website
by "Trevor Lockwood" <trevor(at)author.co.uk>
||Mon, 2 Jul 2001 09:57:09 +0100
> Than why not create an html document? I thought pdfs were for printing
> hence the letter or A4 sizes?
> Here is an interesting article by Jakob Nielsen, "Avoid PDF for On-Screen
I understand the thought but pdf files will do much more than just provide
accurate print material. I rarely print anything and anyway pdf files gives
my writing a small measure of copyright protection. My Acrobat files are
always placed on a gateway page, often providing a synopsis or even the
contents of the article, providing users with the option to download.
In the UK we have problems with online access - it costs money. It is
cheaper to download and read offline. Working in international education I
also find that works in countries using fairly basic computer equipment, who
often do not have a printer.
As we move forward ebook readers, such as those of Microsoft and Adobe, may
present a better onscreen alternative but for now Adobe Acrobat does a good
job. I have used it not just for information but also for fun, see
http://www.author.co.uk/trevor/grays.pdf which is a short Chapbook diary I
created while cat-sitting for friends one weekend in a dire little town to
the east of London, England.
We must all live a little, life is not all about making money.
HWG hwg-techniques mailing list archives,
maintained by Webmasters @ IWA