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21 Aug 2009 | | No Comment

Years ago when we used to talk about PDF as being the most prominent document format, we’d always have to add a quick, under-the-breath, “de-facto standard”.
Yes, PDF was the document format most frequently chosen by system developers, enterprise specialists, print production gurus and all-round general purpose users in solving their document “use case” scenarios. You can verify this by simple searches on Google for the number of documents of different file-types that exist. PDF rates in at 329,000,000, XPS at 11,900, and DOC at 48,100,000.
But when it came to being 100 per cent assured that it would be around in years to come, well, it’s always been a case of biting our collective lips and hoping for the best. Yep, while PDF was highly entrenched, used and worshipped by millions, there was always that niggling thought about what we would do if Adobe pulled the plug? Maybe we should use ASCII text instead?
Well, that was then but over the past two years, it’s been nothing but standards, standards, standards when it comes to PDF. In fact, there are so many that it’s very easy to lose track of what they are, and why or where you’d bother to use them.
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Years ago when we used to talk about PDF as being the most prominent document format, we’d always have to add a quick, under-the-breath, “de-facto standard”.

Yes, PDF was the document format most frequently chosen by system developers, enterprise specialists, print production gurus and all-round general purpose users in solving their document “use case” scenarios. You can verify this by simple searches on Google for the number of documents of different file-types that exist. PDF rates in at 329,000,000, XPS at 11,900, and DOC at 48,100,000.

But when it came to being 100 per cent assured that it would be around in years to come, well, it’s always been a case of biting our collective lips and hoping for the best. Yep, while PDF was highly entrenched, used and worshipped by millions, there was always that niggling thought about what we would do if Adobe pulled the plug? Maybe we should use ASCII text instead?

Well, that was then but over the past two years, it’s been nothing but standards, standards, standards when it comes to PDF. In fact, there are so many that it’s very easy to lose track of what they are, and why or where you’d bother to use them.

Read the rest of my article at Planet PDF…

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