[OT?] US & CA govt use of PDF fill-in forms
Prabhaka at apple.com
Mon Apr 26 21:02:20 UTC 2004
On Apr 26, 2004, at 9:59 AM, Ihab A.B. Awad wrote:
> Actually, with all due respect to FSF India's opinion -- which is
> pretty much
> what I would expect from FSF anywhere -- I claim the US tax agencies'
> fails an even weaker standard: that of the availability of more than
> source for the software required to use the format.
That isn't quite true.
For example, Apple's Quartz technology is an alternative implementation
of the PDF standard, and I use it regularly to read (and generate) PDF
documents via the Internet. And I personally consider PDF a huge
improvement over having to download MS Word documents, in terms of both
user experience and cross-platform compatibility.
Rather than focus on trying to insist on an alternative to PDF - is
there a viable one? - I would think it more effective to encourage the
development of alternative software for using it. Apple has shown
that it is at least possible.
I realize that Apple's technology on runs on the Mac. However, the
fact that multiple PDF readers don't exist on other platforms could be
considered a limitation of those platforms, rather than of PDF. :-)
Perhaps what you are really saying - which might be at least slightly
relevant to this list - is that you only want governments to use
document formats that are supported by open source implementations. Is
that your point?
- Ernie P. (personal opinion only)
Ernest N. Prabhakar, Ph.D.
Product Manager, UNIX & Open Source
Mac OS X Product Marketing
(408) 974-3075 <ernest at apple.com>
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