Screw Drivers and PDF Files
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Sat Jun 4 18:16:49 CDT 2005
From: "der Mouse" <mouse at rodents.montreal.qc.ca>
Sent: Friday, June 03, 2005 3:47 PM
>> There are only a very few methods that are currently accepted as
>> packaged scanned documents. Only one method is considered universal,
> I think we have good evidence in this very thread that PDFs *aren't*
> universal. (I don't doubt they are considered universal by some
> people; those people are wrong. I'd even go so far as to say that
> anyone who considers *any* format as universal is, strictly, wrong -
> there probably are a few people who can't do anything useful with even
> as widely supported a format as plain text.)
> Your use of the passive voice is clever. You are hiding a great deal
> with it, but I'm not going to let you get away with it. Specifically,
>> are currently accepted as
>> is considered universal
> By whom?
> I listed three alternative packagings; you have given no evidence to
> support your implicit claim that they are not accepted or that they are
> not considered universal - claims that are impossible to refute because
> you have not specified by whom they are putatively "accepted" or
> "considered". Presumably you will claim existence proofs by example,
> most likely with yourself as the example, in that you do not accept
> other packagings, and you do consider PDFs universal - but so what?
> You may be willing to use yourself as the touchstone of format
> approval, but I doubt very many other people will.
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There are only a handful of online document packaging formats with any level
of acceptance including but not limited to: PDF, PS, and DjVu.
While all of these formats are available PDF is in a whole different class
as far as acceptance goes. I dare anyone too survey the number of documents
in PDF format vs. all other formats combined.
While PDF's are not accepted by all none the less it is the only
"universally accepted format".
Personally I would prefer DjVu but I don't wish to fight the universe.
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