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Matthew M. Copeland dyelar at
Thu Jan 28 18:32:46 CET 1999

> I think that this is only true if you assume that PDF == Windows.  If
> you instead start with good Postscript code, you'll end up with a good
> PDF.  PDF's flate compression will normally result in PDFs that are
> *smaller* than the text original.
> For example, we write our technical documents in LaTeX (with LyX), but
> usually have to convert them to PDF for distribution to our customers.
> A typical 100-page specification might be a 400K TeX file, which
> results in a 550K PS file, which gets converted (by pstill or ps2pdf)
> to a 155K PDF (compared to 95K for the gzipped TeX file).

> I think that the ability to distribute files in multiple formats is a
> *good* thing -- and smgltools is a good way to do this -- but don't
> knock PDFs on the basis of size or the need for Windoze or Adobe
> Distiller, as neither of these assumptions is accurate.

I stand corrected. :)  I think that if we can produce an sgml version and
then a postscript version that we can then pop out a pdf version.
Everyone is then happy. 

Matthew M. Copeland

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