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Re: Adobe And TRACE Launch Enhanced PDF Access Via Email

From: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 1998 11:13:01 -0400
Message-ID: <35ED607C.680EC5F0@clark.net>
To: Paul Stauffer 301-827-5694 FAX 301-443-6385 <STAUFFERP@cder.fda.gov>
CC: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Is your OCR sufficient that you are capturing the text of these documents or
does the PDF file basically contain a PHOTOGRAPH of the the print page?  I have
seen people move print documents to the web by scanning a whole page as one
large GIF file (with little or no ALT text of course)!  Could you provide the
URL where you are using this technique?

Paul Stauffer wrote:

> Bruce Bailey wrote:
> >Can ANYONE reference a GOOD AND APPROPRIATE use of PDF files?
> I can come up with a few:
> In FDA we receive stacks of paper documents from industry and citizens that
> can number hundreds of pages per document title.  We scan and put these
> into Acrobat format, since these documents have not be supplied to us in an
> electronic format. This is the only way we can keep up with the pace of
> information flow.  We have difficulty with document conversion with
> electronic copy as well.   Do you know how long it takes to convert a 1000
> page WordPerfect document with scientific notation into HTML?  We have to
> make these documents available to the public due to the FOI Act.  Also,
> most lawyers want an exact "look and feel" of a document for legal reasons.
> I prefer HTML, but it's close to impractical.  I can convert a 25 page
> document into PDF in 5 minutes, while it would take 4 hours for HTML.
> Paul Stauffer
> staufferp@cder.fda.gov
Received on Wednesday, 2 September 1998 11:10:00 UTC

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