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12 Reasons Not to Use PDF

  1. Fixed Layout: One of the main limitations of PDFs is their fixed layout. This is problematic when content needs to be adapted for different devices or accessibility needs.
  2. Not Easily Editable: PDFs are not designed for easy editing. While there are tools to make changes, it’s not as intuitive as editing a Power Point document.
  3. Accessibility Issues: PDFs can present accessibility challenges for people with disabilities, such as screen readers struggling to interpret the content. Special measures are required to create accessible PDFs.
  4. Large File Sizes: PDFs can become quite large, especially if they contain high-quality images or extensive data. This can be an issue when sharing or storing documents.
  5. Not Ideal for Web Content: When it comes to web content, PDFs are not as search engine-friendly as HTML or other web formats. This can impact the discoverability of content online.
  6. Limited Interactivity: While PDFs can support some interactivity, such as hyperlinks and basic forms, they are not as versatile as web-based formats for creating highly interactive content.
  7. Software Dependence: To view and edit PDFs, users need specialized software like Adobe Acrobat Reader. This software may not be available or easily accessible on all devices or for all users.
  8. Inefficient for Certain Types of Content: For content that is meant to be frequently updated or that requires dynamic data, PDFs are not be the most efficient choice. For such content, database-driven web applications or other formats such as DocuApps are better.
  9. Security Risks: While PDFs can be password-protected and encrypted, they are not immune to security risks. Malicious links or code can be embedded in PDFs, potentially causing security issues.
  10. Version Compatibility: Not all PDF viewers and editors support the latest features or standards. Compatibility issues can arise when different software versions are used.
  11. Challenges for Mobile Devices: Reading PDFs on mobile devices, especially smaller screens, can be cumbersome without responsive design or mobile-friendly formatting.
  12. Resource-Intensive: Creating PDFs with advanced features, like interactive forms or embedded multimedia, can be resource-intensive and require specific software skills. Even then, interactive data cannot be embedded.

For highly dynamic or web-based content pixel-perfect, portable, data-friendly HTML is better.

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Dr. Rado

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