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RE: Whats this?
by hyper on Thu 30th Nov 2006 12:53 UTC in reply to "Whats this?"
hyper
Member since:
2005-06-29

XPS is better than PDF.
http://www.amyuni.com/blog/?p=8

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RE[2]: Whats this?
by hal2k1 on Thu 30th Nov 2006 13:02 in reply to "RE: Whats this?"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//XPS is better than PDF.
http://www.amyuni.com/blog/?p=8 //

That page is weird. XPS and PDF achieve similar things, but ODF is a quite different format for a quite different purpose.

PDF beats XPS easily in several major, major areas that are not considered by the linked page:

(1) PDF is open to be implemented,
(2) PDF is cross-platform, and
(3) PDF is supported (in terms of both applications and in the amount of existing data in that format) far, far more widely than XPS.

Those three facts alone are killer facts for the XPS format.

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RE[3]: Whats this?
by Janus on Thu 30th Nov 2006 15:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Whats this?"
Janus Member since:
2005-07-20

// (1) PDF is open to be implemented,

http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/xpsspec.mspx

So is XPS. Here's the full spec.

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RE[3]: Whats this?
by helf on Thu 30th Nov 2006 16:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Whats this?"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

yeah, even my NeXT can read PDFs fine... Loads of older systems will probably never get support for XPS but can view (and sometimes edit/create) PDFs just fine.

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RE[2]: Whats this?
by Ookaze on Thu 30th Nov 2006 15:25 in reply to "RE: Whats this?"
Ookaze Member since:
2005-11-14

Try to be far more critic next time :
- A blog is everything except an authority on the matter
- what advantage is it to be "XML based extensible format" ? This is pretty stupid, as the only lack of PDF here is not being XML, which is irrelevant.
- XPS is not portable, and surely not multiplatform : this is a flat lie
- Ability to edit document is pretty stupid, but even then, the table is wrong on that matter for PDF
- Retaining print job information ... What does this have to do in a document exactly ? And XPS supports this nonsense !!
- Unicode only support for multinational character sets is considered poor support !
- It says PDF doesn't support remote document printing !!
- ...

Anyway, the author or the table doesn't say that XPS is better than PDF at all, that's just your wishful thinking.

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RE[3]: Whats this?
by eggs on Thu 30th Nov 2006 15:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Whats this?"
eggs Member since:
2006-01-23

"- XPS is not portable, and surely not multiplatform : this is a flat lie "

The format is open to be implemented which means you can start making an XPS viewer on the platform of your choice today!

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