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    ADMIN: previews of some documents temporarily disabled
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2015 Feb 11, 14:50 -0800

    I noticed recently that previews of PDF files and other complex document types are no longer being generated. They previously were created by accessing the very flexible "Google Docs Viewer". As in so many other cases, Google decided to break something that was working just fine, and that viewer is no longer available as a general, practical tool. It has been replaced by a consumer-oriented service (hey fine, create a service, but why remove something that was working for other users??).

    Monopolies are bad.

    I have begun working on an alternative. This requires coding a new interface to some other document preview tool. It will take time, but it's a feature that I consider important to the usability of the NavList message boards and archives, so it will get done.

    Frank R.


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