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Subject: Re: [oiic-formation-discuss] My perspective. display perferct?

On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 11:31 PM, Craig A. Eddy <tyche@cox.net> wrote:
> +1
> NO pixel perfect.  ODF is not PDF
> Craig
> Tyche
Please do us a kind thing to us who know PDF and layout formats.   PDF
is not pixel perfect.   I will repeat it is not pixel perfect.  It is
only what I call Layout Perfect.   Everything stays on the right page
and right relative locations to each other.  Fonts might even be the
wrong fonts.  So this does not effect PDF layout all text is in
bounding boxes so over sized or too small of font does not effect its
layout math.  Oversized is  PDF mess since text just disappears.

There are other layout formats out there that don't use bounding boxes
yet they keep all the right relative locations.  Way around bounding
boxes is being tighter on font rendering and wrapping allowances so
rounding errors don't cause incorrect wrapping.

PDF is a complete pain in a but format developed on the old ps format
that was also a pain in but for editing.   Reason why other
typesetting programs exist that translate into PS and PDF.

If ODF turns into PDF pain to edit someone needs killing.   Latex is
still heavy used in a lot of places due to PS and PDF issues of
editing and it produces as good as documents and either PS or PDF can
but is also a lot nicer to edit.

Peter Dolding

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