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Humanist Archives: April 23, 2020, 7:46 a.m. Humanist 33.794 - proprietary formats

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        Date: 2020-04-22 12:44:11+00:00
        From: Robert Delius Royar 
        Subject: on academia.edu, proprietary & open

Before the adoption of export to PDF by MS-Word OS X 10.3 provided internal
PDF read/write support (released October 2003). If I recall correctly, the
PDF format was integrated into the way that the OS handled display and
printer rendering.

On Wed, Apr 21, 2020 at 12:58:38+00:00 Gabriel Egan 

> The greatest service done to the usefulness of PDF
> occurred before its transition in 2008 to an Open
> Standard, when in 2006 Microsoft's 'Word 2007'
> software offered an optional 'Save as PDF' add-on,
> which became a standard feature with 'Word 2010'.
> This broke the illusion that only institutions and
> corporations could create PDFs and, I suspect, it
> hastened the format's transition to an Open Standard.

               Robert Delius Royar
 Caught in the net since 1985

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