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    PDF File Format

    Short Name PDF
    Long Name Portable Document Format
    Typical File Extensions .pdf
    Contains Page Description
    PDF is a document storage format developed by Adobe. In order to view PDF files on your computer, you will either need the free Acrobat Reader software available from Adobe, or one of a number of third party programs which are also capable of viewing files in this format.

    PDF is very good at reproducing paper documents on screen, including large multi-page documents, and is also excellent for printing them. For this reason it tends to be favored for distributing or archiving electronic versions of paper documents.

    On the negative side however, some users (including me) find typical PDF files a little awkward to read on screen as compared to web pages (see for example, PDF: Unfit for Human Consumption by Dr Jakob Nielsen). For this reason, I would recommend that you use PDF only when you need to electronically reproduce the appearance and layout of paper documents (or for documents that you know will be printed), but consider other formats (such as HTML) when simply distributing/publishing information on the web.

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