PDFs Do Your Licensing For You…

PDF is not a portable DATA format

That is:

PDF, a digital form used to represent electronic documents, allows users to exchange and view the documents easily and reliably, independent of the environments in which they are created, viewed and printed, while preserving their content and visual appearance. [PDF Format Becomes ISO Standard]

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Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...

2 thoughts on “PDFs Do Your Licensing For You…”

  1. Independent of the environments in which they are printed? Hmm. They wish. Here’s the contents page of my thesis printed out by the OU’s Central Printing Unit. It started out in English, in a fairly standard font – Helvetica, I think. The PDF looked absolutely fine, the printout looked like this http://bit.ly/yIEjs

  2. *nods sadly* PDF’s are better than most for keeping the same look/feel although if you really want to to keep looking the same I think an image is the best option. Just be sure to choose a lossless format if you’re that bothered about how it looks :-)

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