Linked by Christian Paratschek on Wed 16th Nov 2005 19:02 UTC
Features, Office OpenDocument got a lot of publicity lately. StarOffice 8 and OpenOffice.org 2.0 finally arrived, and all the other makers of office suites (with the notable exception of Microsoft) have started implementing the new standard into their programs. Massachusetts recently decided to use OpenDocument as the standard file format, effectively locking out MS Office as soon as January 1st, 2007. Other countries are on their way to do the same. Also, OpenDocument recently got submitted to become an ISO standard.
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by rajj on Thu 17th Nov 2005 08:45 UTC
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PDF is not meant for editing. It is a low level drawing language. Text strings are left encoded as ASCII within the file; however, trying to do more than changing a word or two is not feasable. You are much better off editing the original and regenerating the PDF. You can more or less think of PDF as being the successor to Postscript.

I know Adobe tries to sell it as some kind of do it all document format, but it's really just not meant for that.

The entire premise of the web was that documents would remain in a highlevel structural markup and each client would decide on how to render it best to its capabilities. It seams like everyone forgets this.

Arguments pitting HTML(CSS)/ODF/LaTeX vs PDF/Postscript/PCL are silly. Ultimately, when you print the HTML it's going to wind up as Postscript or PCL anyway. The former is a highlevel structural document format while the later are low level drawing languages.

You can also think of HTML as having a dumb language with a smart interpreter and PDF as having a smart laguage with a dumb interpreter. It's a lot easier to write a PDF viewer than a web browser.

I hope this clears up the dumb things I always hear people say about PDFs.

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