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From: Carr, Jeff <Jeff.Carr@lrn.va.gov>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 14:41:03 -0500
Message-ID: <1DE111E80092D311A0D100A0C9AD8B490128115D@lrnestexc1.lrn.va.gov>
To: "'Staffin, Elliott'" <StaffinE@SEC.GOV>, www-html@w3.org
Since html is a plain text file, searching is very easy, and can be done in
basically any language or method that you might care to try.  Also, query's
can be built using the DOM/HTML and/or XPath/XHTML.  Using XHTML, the
information can be imported/exported to and from databases fairly easily.
So it really doesn't get any easier than HTML.  PDF's on the other hand can
be searched using (mostly) proprietary software, but it's not nearly as

I don't have as much experience with PDF's as HTML however, so I would be
interested in the opinion of someone who uses them regularly.

-----Original Message-----
From: Staffin, Elliott [mailto:StaffinE@SEC.GOV]
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2001 2:31 PM
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: HTML vs. PDF

Is it still true that HTML offers greater search capabilities within a
document or between documents than PDF?  Thanks, Elliot Staffin
staffine@www.sec.gov or Elliotstffn@aol.com
Received on Friday, 24 August 2001 15:41:15 UTC

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