Leonard Rosenthol on Tue, 9 Oct 2001 17:47:18 -0400

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[PLUG] Viewing files (was Re: John "MAD DOG" Hall)

At 1:39 PM -0400 10/9/01, paul@dpagin.net wrote:
> information as he inteneded. A more effective standard like
 html, postscript, or adobe's pdf would have served this person much better
 as all on the list and across most business communities would have
 something to read the document and see it layed out as intended.

HTML would be the best format.

Not if you wanted to maintain the look & feel on all machines OR if it used images (that would therefore require external files).

PDF would be better considering that the viewer is free and
widely available.

PDF is the best choice of formats as it solves the above problems and, as you point out, has free viewers on all platforms since it is an open specification.

(I believe there is a free Word document viewer, but where is it and how many
people would actually bother with it?)

http://www.wvware.com - and you are right, most folks don't. Also, as others have pointed out, Star Office, AbiWord, KWord, etc. all read Word files.

How do you view a postscript file? How would a Windows user view a postscript file?

Ghostscript - http://www.ghostscript.org. Available for a number of platforms, including Windows.

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