Re: [hackers-il] Digital Whisper issue #1
>> I actually think that PDF is great. It is freely available, preservesCHM is far from being a universally-available solution. No ebook
>> formatting across OS / applications, and is contained in a single file
>> ([X]HTML is not).
> The latter can be solved using solutions such as .zip or tar.gz or a CHM :
> Also, you can always put the HTML you want under a certain path on the server
> and use mirroring tools. So it's a solved problem.
reader can read it, and the choices for reading CHM files under Linux
are slim. Furthermore, being HTML-based, there is no reference
implementation for formatting, so it will look different on every
>> Is is searchable and the text is extractable.So fix your FOSS software. This would need to be done anyway for CHM,
> It is not as searchable as HTML or XML is, and the text is not easily
> extractable if there is fancy formatting or layout. And not all FOSS PDF
> viewers have adequate mechanisms for it.
read the previous comment.
>> Is isPlease explain. PDF has disability features built into the document.
>> also accessible to the disabled, though Linux support for that feature
>> may be missing (a problem with Linux applications, not with PDF
> It's much less accessible to the disabled than XHTML is.
You might also want to read up on reflowing PDF documetns for
small-screen devices and screen readers.
>> There are RTL issues with PDF though.I take that back. There are RTL isues with FOSS PDF readers. Acrobat
> Big RTL issues.
on Vista seems to have all the RTL issues taken care of.
> Nevertheless, by using DocBook/XML and other tools one can easily generateThis is a good point. Does the author want to give multiple options?
> both XHTML and PDF output. And you can convert XHTML to PDF too using the
> print-to-file function of the browsers.