[rfc-i] transition plan for choosing alternative format for RFCs

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Mon Mar 26 18:48:02 PDT 2012

Let me be more specific. When I encounter a PDF document on my Android
devices, say as an email attachment or the target of a web link, and I
open it up, I get an irritating and uncomfortable reading experience,
because the fixed format typical of PDF documents interacts poorly
with the limited display space typical of such devices.  With a
certain amount of panning and scrolling it is possible to read such
documents, but the experience is not good.

When I open an HTML resource on the built-in browser or any of the
other browsers available for the device, a couple of taps arrange for
the text to flow in such a fashion that it fills the screen at a
readable size and is very easy to scroll through.

Thus my assertion that, in my personal experience, PDF provides a much
lower level of usability than HTML in the mobile-device domain.

Is that specific enough?  -Tim

On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM, Leonard Rosenthol <lrosenth at adobe.com> wrote:
>>I am not aware of any PDF reader for mobile devices that comes remotely
>> close to the usability of any of the browsers with HTML.
> Tim – I don't mean to continue to push back on you, but you continue to make
> blanket statements without any specifics.   As such, it continues to be
> difficult to discuss this topic with you on a fundamental level.
> Leonard

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