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Re: [Fsfe-uk] New FSFE Free PDF Readers Campaign

From: Jon Grant
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] New FSFE Free PDF Readers Campaign
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 22:33:09 +0100

On 13 September 2010 15:59, Sam Tuke <address@hidden> wrote:
> Today FSFE has launched a new campaign to remove advertising of proprietary
> PDF readers from government websites.
> Campaign: http://www.fsfe.org/campaigns/pdfreaders

This page looks good, but is incredibly wide. Not usable on modern
mobile (HTC Desire) and is even off the side of the screen on netbook
running ubuntu.

The Petition page isn't much better. Could the site be updated to be a
max of around 600px wide so it fits in a mobile, netbook or

> Petition: http://www.fsfe.org/campaigns/pdfreaders/petition.en.html

Signed.This is good.

I'd be even more interested in government websites providing their
documents in non-PDF format though. Something like HMTL, or even
OpenOffice format etc.  How about launching a campaign to get
governments to stop using PDFs instead of web pages? It is such a pain
to try edit/re-use anything published in only a PDF file.

Even Free Software places like http://oss-watch.ac.uk/ publish in
off-line PDF files instead of HTML format. We all browse from netbooks
and mobiles nowadays, offline hard-coded, fixed-size PDFs aren't
really that good for that traditional off-line use-case!

Best regards, Jon

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