Using Adobe Acrobat files
on your web page
If you plan to link documents to your web page, there is an alternative
to coding the document files in HTML. You can instead use a program
called Adobe Acrobat to convert your existing files into portable document
format (PDF) files.
PDF format offers some advantages over HTML because the conversion
process is completely automatic. Moreover, the resulting PDF file will
look exactly like the printed file including fonts, colors, graphics, and
all. In addition, you do not have to create separate PDF files for
different platforms. The same PDF file can be "read" on Windows, Mac, and
On the downside, you need to purchase a copy of Adobe Acrobat. In addition,
PDF files do not integrate as seamlessly on the web as do files formatted
in HTML. This is because you need a separate program to view and print PDF
files, called the Acrobat Reader. The Acrobat Reader is
easy-to-use, however, and can be downloaded for free from Adobe's web site
www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Unix computers.
To create a link on your web page to a PDF file, first upload the file to
your Unix account. (Depending on the program you use to transfer files, you may
need to specify that this is a binary file.) Then, simply use the HREF command as
in this example:
<A HREF="report.pdf">Annual Report</A>
When someone clicks on the link, most likely, one of two things will
happen. If the browser is set to recognize PDF files, it will
automatically open the file in the Adobe Reader, if the user has the
Reader installed. If the browser does not recognize the file, the user
will be prompted to either save the file or select the program to open it.
You might want to include a link to the Adobe Reader web site (as
listed above) for users who wish to obtain it.
For more information on Adobe Acrobat, visit the Adobe web site.
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