Re: You shouldn't have that...

From: Marko Mäkelä (
Date: 1999-04-29 07:53:15

On Thu, 29 Apr 1999, William Levak wrote:

> PDF is a proprietary Adobe format.  The only products that handle it
> properly are Adobe products, which then output only in proprietary Adobe
> formats.

I agree, it's a proprietary format.  But although I usually try to avoid
anything that looks like proprietary, I think that PDF is better than
broken HTML (I don't believe that any MS programs can output valid
HTML 4.0 that with no browser-specific tricks) or broken PS (I haven't
seen an MS program output a Postscript file that would obey all the Adobe
conventions).  Hand-made, validated HTML is the only alternative I can see
for PDF.

And you don't necessarily need Adobe software to create or to view PDF
files.  Last week I converted my Master's Thesis to PDF format.  I wrote
it using Emacs and typeset it with LaTeX2e and converted it to PDF using
dvips and Aladdin Ghostscript.  You can see the result and the source
files at <URL:>.


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