Documentation as normal webpages, NOT as PDF

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Jakob Nielsen has written about usability more than 10 years ago, and especially how bad PDF files are. I am old AND old computer user, ex author and ex publisher of computer books for 10 years. It is sad to see, that the documentation is published as PDF and not as webpages. It seems, that somebody is writing in Word and does NOT know how to do the same on the web, and therefore this person does it the lazy way: Print as PDF. We are really many, that HATE pdf files.

Either learn how to do it, or hire somebody who knows.
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Michael Maardt

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Not sure I agree Michael. PDF is pretty much the standard out there and it does a fine job. The person writing it in Word could just as easily save it out of Word as an HTML file. So I doubt that's the issue.

We appreciate your opinion but I believe that PDF works for most.
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Please read what Jakob Nielsen writes. PDF is a "standard", because people have been copying their documents intended for paper/print to pdf, because it was easy. The web was originally intended as links between documents AND therefore HTML. PDF does NOT do a 'fine' job, on the contrary. 

PS I have published more than 100 computer titles during 10 years and sold more than 8 mio computer books and during that period I had contact with many persons, normal users.

If you are correct about 'easily save it out of Word as an HTML file', why didn't the person do it? 

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