[LINK] RTF / MS WORD / PDF / ?
lannet at lannet.com.au
Wed Jun 9 12:34:57 EST 2004
On Wed, 2004-06-09 at 11:43, Chirgwin, Richard wrote:
> David - "in the wrong hands" RTF can produce files as big, or bigger than, a
> PDF. For eg, the old story of "very little data, very big logo" is famous
> in the IT press - one PR company was recently lambasted for sending a 65
> megabyte (stet) press release by e-mail...
> Open Office has a very nice PDF writer if you're just dealing with
> text...for relatively plain stuff its PDFs are around 20-30Kbytes per A4
Richard, I think the point that David was making about PDF is the hoops
you have to jump thru to down load the reader from the Adobe site...too
> Richard Chirgwin
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: David Lochrin [mailto:dlochrin at dot.net.au]
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 11:11 AM
> > To: Link
> > Subject: [LINK] RTF / MS WORD / PDF / ?
> > I've acquired the job of producing a monthly newsletter
> > which is distributed partly by post and partly by email. The
> > email distribution has been in MS WORD format until now, but
> > I'm considering changing to something which is more widely
> > supported.
> > PDF is an obvious candidate, since a free reader is
> > available for all platforms and it seems to have become the
> > de-facto standard for interchange of documents on the web.
> > But a friend working in distance education comments "pdf is
> > often a problem. Whatever Acrobat wants you to believe the
> > truth is that, even if you supply the url of the download
> > site, when novices are presented with the questions asked on
> > said site they often say 'too hard'. And the pdf file can
> > take ages to open. I suggest rtf to academics provided the
> > files don't have japanese or other characters and provided
> > there are no mathematical expressions.".
> > My general understanding was that RTF is not functional
> > enough and could not, for example, reproduce complex tables.
> > However the last issue of the newsletter seems identical in
> > RTF & WORD. The file size is 87 Kbytes instead of 73 Kb, but
> > that's not an issue and it's still half the the size of the
> > PDF proof copy I received from the printers (172 Kb). I see
> > RTF even handles embedded photos.
> > RTF has the great advantage that it's a public-domain
> > standard (RFC 1896), so RTF readers are available for just
> > about every platform and can't be made illegal by
> > Microsoft-inspired leglislation on intellectual property.
> > Interestingly, the RFC includes an addendum which lists a
> > simple 'C' program for converting RTF to HTML V2.
> > I'd really appreciate any comments on suitable
> > file-formats for general distribution of such material. (And
> > please excuse this long-winded post!)
> > ADL
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