why not downloadable pdf content?
This is only a gripe for sites that contains manuals or education materials.
Presumably this is done to make it difficult for you to print things out. It certainly has that effect.
My bet would be on sheer lazyness.
Just me (Sir to you)
Mozilla/FireFox/Opera tabs make this problem mostly a non-issue, although sometimes it is still a bit of a nuisance. You might want to check out HTMLDOC (use google), which converts HTMLs to beatifully formatted PDFs.
Please no. PDFs are an abomination. Why people find it attractive to turn 10K of text into a 5MB pdf and then force people to launch Adobe's slow and buggy Reader to read it mystifies me.
Adobe is only slow if you don't disable all the plugins.
Yes, Stephen is correct.
And it's stupid to think that using HTML makes this "hard to print". In reality, PDFs can disable printing if that's a requirement, but your browser will always be able to print HTML.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
There's a lot to be said for providing manuals and other documentation as PDF files. Keep in mind that I'm only forwarding its use for the purpose of material that was meant to be printed. Using it for sales brochures and product sheets should be restricted to internal use between the sales department and the printer.
HTML is an abomination. Why someone wants to downconvert a properly formatted PDF into ugly HTML just to save space boggles the mind. HTML prints poorly, and is inconsistent across browsers - IE will even clip parts of a printout if the style sheet is incompatible with the printer.
HTML is designed for viewing on a screen and is vastly superior to .pdf for that purpose, just as .pdf is vastly superior to HTML (even HTML with special print settings) for printing out documents.
Much of the reason for avoiding PDF came from the days of dialup, when downloading a 5MB document was a not-so-fun experience, and when most PC's were running at less than 1ghz and 256MB RAM -- making the Acrobat plugin a real beast.
I once worked at a bank, where FannieMae and FreddieMac forms were being automated (the idea was to push bits around rather than FedEx pieces of paper: there would be about 20 or so envelopes FedExed per mortgage application).
God you people are living in the stone age... who needs to print anything anymore? I can't remember the last time I printed a manual of any sort. And Adobe's reader is still slow and buggy (ages to launch, likes to hang my browser). Welcome to the year 2000.
"I can't remember the last time I printed a manual of any sort."
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