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Chapter 10. Graphics Generation and Mani... > 10.4. Display languages: PostScript,...

10.4. Display languages: PostScript, PDF, and SVG

After typesetting an electronic document, one usually would like to view the generated output “page”—on paper via a printing device, on a PC screen, with a dedicated program or inside a browser, or (why not?) on a portable phone.

Several display languages have been developed over the years. For printing devices PostScript, which is essentially a language for describing a static output page, has become the most important player. In the early 1990s, Adobe developed a light-weight version of PostScript, called the Portable Document Format (PDF) [5]. PDF implements a similar imaging model as PostScript but introduces a more structured format to improve performance for interactive viewing. It also adds links and annotations for navigation.


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