It’s impossible, even in principle, to imagine a world without HTML, isn’t it? Certainly, there are various ways to convey textual content… but textual information will itself be a means… Can you imagine a world without HTML? How about PDF?
We already know that PDF documents are the format of choice for final contracts, invoices, manuals and many other documents businesses keep on their own computers, even if they also store them in a cloud repository. But is it the same story online? Do users tend to post Word files? Would they prefer to integrate PowerPoint slides directly into web pages, or do they post a PDF instead? For this latest update in my efforts…
[Ironic Note: While this site is responsive, the Google Trends graph, above, which shows relative search-volume for “EPUB” has fallen back to summer 2012 levels, may not display correctly on a phone or similar-sized device.] As it became clear to the IDPF that publishers weren’t going to give up on a crafted, beautiful, printable page, they added support for fixed-layout pages to EPUB. Publishers had said they wanted a single deliverable format that did it…
Now in its 5th year, and updated annually, this post continues to track document file-format popularity as measured by way of Google’s “filetype:” search. Note that in 2014 I added EPUB,… The 8 most popular document formats on the Web in 2015
A recent World Bank study (PDF) analyzed download rates for reports published on the World Bank website. The study showed that although 13% of World Bank reports in PDF are downloaded over… Clickbait to make your head shake
It’s easy to understand that stable, reliable records-keeping is essential to business, government and society in general. When paper and its microfilm cousin were the only media for records the world… Archival standards: an interview with NARA
I’ve been tracking the relative popularity of electronic document file-formats for several years – here’s the February 2014 survey. Along the way I’ve noticed that the .com domain (and at… 98% of .com is HTML but 38% of .gov is PDF!
The UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS) is responsible for spearheading the development and adoption of digital services within and delivered by the British government. The GDS is studying file-formats to… 2 Lessons from UK government study on electronic document usage
The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), a consortium of archivist institutions committed to the long-term preservation of digital information, has published an important new paper analyzing PDF/A-3 from the archivist’s… Archivists: No flowers for PDF/A-3