Re: Formatting Objects considered harmful

Subject: Re: Formatting Objects considered harmful
From: Paul Prescod <paul@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 09:38:06 -0500
"John E. Simpson" wrote:
> The people who publish PDF on the Web today aren't to my mind any
> differently motivated than those who publish Excel spreadsheets on the Web.
> (1) They have a certain amount of confidence, misplaced or otherwise, that
> viewers of their pages will have installed (or *can* install, maybe with
> their browsers' help) appropriate plug-ins. (2a) Their application doesn't
> require, or (2b) they themselves don't understand or care about the value
> of, separation of form and content. (3) Tools exist for easily creating
> that content.
> I'm no psychologist but common sense says that if they've got reasons for
> using PDF today they'll continue to do so.

So XFOTs have all of the costs and benefits of PDF -- except that XFOTs do
*not* require a plugin because their implementation is mandated by the
W3C. This is exactly Håkon's point: we are making it easier to use a
PDF-like language by mandating the implementation of a PDF-like language.
The "tools for easily creating that content" will presumably appear for
the same reason that tools for creating PDF exist.

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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