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Chapter Seven. Electronic Documents

Chapter Seven. Electronic Documents

Up to this point, we've focused on generating and using PDF files in print-centric production environments: That is, how to send application files down a chute that transforms them into perfectly printing PDF files. However, there's more to PDF files (and to publishing processes) than this narrow workflow vision implies. Indeed, PDF offers benefits for more than just printed documents—a good thing since print media isn't always the final destination of today's content. On the Web, eBook readers, handheld devices like personal digital assistants, cell phones, and more, much of today's content takes an electronic form.

Two of the most common types of electronic documents available today are eBooks and forms—applications that have little in common except that both are well served by the PDF file format. PDF's biggest benefit here is in page-design control and integrity. The conundrum of online publishing today is that although you can enhance your print content with interactivity (and thereby potentially reach a different audience), that typically means publishing it through a markup language—and in the process relinquishing control over the way your information is displayed on browsers and smaller, portable devices.


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