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Chapter FIVE. Saving and Exporting > TIP 43: Exporting as HTML, XML, or Text

TIP 43: Exporting as HTML, XML, or Text

What if you have a PDF document and need a Web page in a hurry? Or want to use just the text from a document? Easy. You can export the content and images from Acrobat in HTML or XML format. XML describes data and focuses on what the data contains, while HTML displays data and focuses on how data looks. If you want to use a PDF document as a Web page, use one of two HTML formats. But if you want to your document's contents to be used for data exchange in a corporate environment, choose XML format. Choose the accessible or plain text option for output when you don't want any applied styles or formatting.

HTML or XML?

HTML and XML function differently and are used for different purposes:

  • If you are saving a PDF document for use on a Web site, use an HTML format. Acrobat does a good job of converting a page and creating styles for the page.

  • Computer systems and databases contain data in incompatible formats. Converting your document's data to XML reduces the complexity and creates data that can be read by many types of applications. XML defines the structure of the document and doesn't organize it in the same fashion as HTML will—that is, interpreting the code and displaying images and text in a browser window. Use XML format when you want to export a document for data exchange, such as for use in spreadsheets or databases.



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