Defending PDF

Kas Thomas, writing on his assertTrue() blog, defends the PDF format, noting that despite its bloated size and idiosyncrasies it still has a role because it offers the ability to precisely represent a paper/print document in a way that HTML cannot:

Why does the world need something like PDF? The (sad, to some) answer is that there is still a need in the world for electronic documents that mimic paper documents. There are industries (such as insurance) in which the physical size and placement of certain pieces of text is regulated by law, and many forms have to fit on a certain size piece of paper when printed out — there’s zero tolerance for text autowrap variations.” [Read More]

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