What is PDF? (Re: PRE)

Tue, 02 May 95 08:36:24 PST

From: lmcquarr@mv.us.adobe.com
Date: Tue, 02 May 95 08:36:24 PST
Message-Id: <9504027994.AA799428984@signum.mv.us.adobe.com>
To: www-html@www10.w3.org
Subject: What is PDF? (Re: PRE)


>Subject: What is PDF? (Re: PRE)

>From:    demizu@nff.ncl.omron.co.jp at cc_smtp2

>Date:    5/2/95  4:32 AM

>> Yes you can  control the spacing. But not  if you use HTML.  HTML is a
>> content markup language *NOT* a text  setting system. If you insist on
>> double spacing, pick  one of the many languages which  allow you that;
>> to mention a few: PDF, PostScript and (La)TeX.

>What is ``PDF''?  I've heard that it's a Web formatting language.
>Where can I get more information about it?  Thanks in advance.

>Noritoshi Demizu, OMRON Corporation

"PDF", or "Portable Document Format" is a file format that is
used to represent a document independent of the application software,
hardware or OS that created it. 

Though it is the native document format of the Adobe Acrobat product family,
it is a published, open standard.  PDF is a "Final Form Description Language" 
with electronic navigation features  (including support for links to HTML 
documents), that has the layout richness of PostScript.  (You can think of
it as "compiled PostScript.") 

To find out more and get a free PDF reader, visit the Adobe home page 
at   http://www.adobe.com  .

Liz McQuarrie
Acrobat Engineering
Adobe Systems