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    Re: Tiny web page editors
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2002 Oct 24, 09:14 -0700

    On Thursday, October 24, 2002, at 08:07 AM, Jared Sherman wrote:
    
    > A tiny graphics editor can be used to allow the insertion of small
    > inline GIF images to extend that further if need be.
    
    I am afraid that for a web page to be universally readable that the
    best method for equations is to do as you suggest here: render them as
    small GIFs.  This is what most technical web sites do if they have
    their documents as HTML.
    
    The flip side of the coin -- which is at least as popular --
    is to put up technical publications as PDF files.  People must have
    Acrobat Reader but having a single PDF file is a more convenient way to
    distribute and carry around a document than many HTML files and their
    associated equation (GIF) files.
    
    Search engines now find PDF content as readily as HTML files, so
    that is no longer an issue.
    
    The problem with PDFs is that many people embed non-standard
    fonts into the file, making the document display poorly on many
    other machines, and depending upon how they are created, PDFs
    can become very large.  However, they can also be made very
    small if care is taken.
    
    PDFs can be created from any application with Mac OS X, or if
    you buy Adobe's Acrobat Distiller package, or by using other
    freeware available for Windows and for older Macs. These freeware
    packages vary in their goodness.  PrintToPDF for older Macs is
    not bad.  That may be a way for George to generate his document.
    
    Dan
    
    PS - I have volunteered to help George with his formatting and web
    delivery if he provides the content!
    
    
    

       
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