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On Sat, 2012-02-11 at 07:10 -0800, Pedro wrote:
drewjensen wrote

PDF is just another throw back to printing on dead trees in this regard,
where the creator of the file sets the size of the layout when the file
is generated. 

This has additional implications, such as page counts and the use of
page numbers in a table of contents and index, 

That is a little unfair on PDF! PDF is excellent for archiving documents as
IF they were printed. It saves on trees and it saves on disk space (compared
to digitized images of documents).

Hi Pedro,

1st - if we continue this, and I would not mind at all, how about we
kick it over to the discuss list?

But for the moment.

So we are in agreement - PDF does a great job of replicating the printed

The fixed page size and numbering is extremely important when you are
referring to some portion of a document. It doesn't make sense to say, "in
the third paragraph of page 20" and then because the text was re-flowed to
fit in a 3" screen that paragraph is in page 100...

Well, stop thinking that way (hey didn't I adomish against such
statement in a recent email...ah humans we are all schytzoid)...

Instead of saying "see the scratch mark on tablet 4", use a hyperlink.
It will be just as valid when the pages flow differently on different

Another big advantage of PDF (when loaded in a PC, Win or Linux, and
probably on a Mac) is that you can embed the fonts so you know your page
will look *exactly* like you designed it. Apparently this does not work in a
Kindle, so it is expected that they will look different because fonts are
being replaced (as in an epub)

Yup - embedded fonts = hard coding. 

I'm not saying there is no place for PDF and it's like just that there
are other ways to view the world, the new world.

// drew

Just my 2 cents ;)

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