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Re: Jakob Nielsen Column -- PDF: Unfit for Human Consumption

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 18:17:18 +0100 (BST)
To: William R Williams <wrwilliams@fs.fed.us>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20030823180926.S1617-100000@fenris.webthing.com>

On Tue, 19 Aug 2003, William R Williams wrote:

> "For online reading, however, PDF is the monster from the Black Lagoon. It
> puts its clammy hands all over people with a cruel grip that doesn't let
> go."

Thank goodness for that!  It needed to be said by someone who gets
listened to on usability.

> Is anyone willing to agree or disagree with this stance? Can anyone, as
> users, report definite problems with rendering PDF files?

I find it a constant problem, for the simple reason that it's grossly
inflexible.  I usually need to increase the text size, but even without
that a PDF viewer needs an uncomfortably wide window that precludes
having anything else of meaningful size visible.  At best it hogs the
desktop - and gives me a headache after the first two or three pages.

That's more a usability than an accessibility issue, though.

Nick Kew

In urgent need of paying work - see http://www.webthing.com/~nick/cv.html
Received on Saturday, 23 August 2003 13:36:49 UTC

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