On Tue, 14 Apr 1998, Mike Nolan wrote:
> > The existence of disparate formats like Word, WordPerfect, etc., is one
> > of the motivating factors for formats like HTML and PDF.
> As far as I know, PDF is a proprietary format and requires proprietary
> software, unless you have the Adobe engine you cannot create a PDF file.
I could be wrong, but my understanding is that PDF is a
``standard''. Curently to my knowledge there is no ``distiller'' other
than the Adobe one. PDF is very similar to PostScript (PS), in that both
(if I am not mistaken) were created as an open standard by Adobe.
You are mostly right, at this point you are pretty much limited to
Adobe products to handle PDF files.
> HTML at least has the virtue of having multiple vendors supporting both
> the generation and rendering of it. (It has numerous flaws, but I don't
> know that they are relevant to this entire thread.)
I guess that HTML is easier to produce than PDF, but it need not
be in a format that breaks other tools. You can use the tags where they
are necisary, without garbling the entire message with tags that are not
of any benifit to the document.
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