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Re: Acrobat PDF & Accessibility

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 00:36:18 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200112210036.fBL0aIv21636@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> I'm not sure what you mean here bob but I think I agree <grin>  The
> trouble with the whole pdf thing is that html has been around since the
> beginning of time and can be accessed by just about anything although I

PDF is significantly older than HTML (at least in popular use); Adobe
simply failed to realise the signficance of extending they hyperlinks
they already had to the internet, until it was to late, even though it
better fits the wants of commercial web designers.  In addition, I think
that Adobe stood up against Microsoft, so Microsoft don't bundle Acrobat
in the way that they bundle Flash.

To some extent, HTML was originally done in rejection of the need for
a high end machine and the presentational and visual nature of PDF,
even though people now try to force it HTML to be a high end machine,
visual, presentational language.  Designers who thing they are making
HTML progress by gettiing those features are simply completing the
circle and returning to the pre-HTML world.
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