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Re: Acrobat PDF & Accessibility

From: Vadim Plessky <lucy-ples@mtu-net.ru>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 17:34:42 +0000
Message-Id: <200112211432.fBLEWqH22388@post.cnt.ru>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
On Friday 21 December 2001 00:36, David Woolley wrote:
|   > 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

If we count _under PDF_ PostScript as well - than PDF is 20+ years old.

|   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.

Yes, good explanation. :-)
Now I just wonder about Microsoft's position on SVG.
If they decide to support SVG - than it will become standard. Otherwise...
It can be that Web Designers will have to study ActiveGraphics technology :-((
(which of course would be superset of SVG and WMF with *almost all features 
of SVG implemented*, but just BETTER!)

|
|   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.

XHTML (basic) or XML - is the way to go.
For content presentation, everyone should use CSS (not to offend SVG here).
CSS is rather mature technology and recent version of browsers do very good 
job of CSS formatting. 

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