July 28, 2003 at 4:14 PM
Jakob Nielsen tosses his two cents at the use of PDFs of the web. They're a sticky issue that seems to pop up with way to much frequency, at least in my experience. A solution he offers is to create gateway pages that offer a summary, file information and the like for each PDF on your site. Sounds good in theory, but since part of the reason we use PDF in the first place is to save us time converting documents to (X)HTML, that would kind of defeat the purpose. If I'm going to take the time to do that, I'll just convert the document to (X)HTML, thanks. Toward the end he makes a strong point that I can get behind. "Use PDF for what it's good at: Printing."