Many of our customers wonder why we make our online forms and publications available only in PDF, readable only with Acrobat products. “Why not a WORD version, or a WordPerfect version?
Here are 11 reasons we use the online PDF format:
Unlike word processing file formats, the PDF (Portable Document Format) file format is used on hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of business, corporate, educational, government, healthcare, non-profit, and other institutional web sites.
Thus, PDF provides a common, widely known “language for the transfer of documents online.
Unlike word processing file formats, PDF has never been known to transport a virus, trojan, or worm from one computer to another, so it is relatively safe.
Unlike word processing file formats, PDF allows the Commission to secure individual documents through encryption, an extra step toward complete security that does not interfere with the usage of our online documents.
PDF Works on Many Different Computer Systems
Compared to word processing file formats, PDF files work on a wider range of hardware and on over 20 different operating systems.
Using PDF enables us to offer our site materials to the greatest number of potential customers worldwide.
PDF Documents are Accessible using Free Software
Unlike word processing file formats, PDF files can be used with free software, the Adobe ACROBAT READER; this also helps us to make our site materials available to the greatest number of potential customers.
For those who require more advanced functionality, Adobe makes several other Acrobat products at various price and functionality levels (see ACROBAT Product Information
Compared to word processing programs, the ACROBAT READER has a very small and easily-learned set of functions, so it’s possible to be productive quickly.
Acrobat Works in 2 Ways
Unlike word processing programs, the ACROBAT READER operates both as a stand-alone and as a browser-based application, providing greater flexibility.
Acrobat APPROVAL 5 and the “full ACROBAT 5 program each operate in both stand-alone and browser-based modes as well.
Acrobat enables a Single, Standard “Look and Feel
Unlike word processing file formats, the PDF format allows the Commission to maintain its more complex designs and embed fonts and related document information into a single file, so it can present a standard “look and feel to all online customers.
Acrobat allows Background Downloading
Unlike word processing files, PDF files allow web servers to download them “in the background so that while a customer views page 1, page 2 can be on its way, resulting in quicker service.
PDF is Indexable and Searchable
PDF files can be indexed and searched by web server software and public search engines like Google or AltaVista. This is important for customers who may find our materials through search services rather than from coming straight to our site.
PDF is Open for Future Development
Unlike word processing technology, PDF technology allows the Commission to potentially develop the capacity for electronic submission of forms, should the State of Connecticut accept digital signatures and electronic submission in the future.
Like all technologies and software products, Adobe’s PDF and ACROBAT are not perfect — there will be glitches and moments of frustration for all of us involved in the creation, dissemination, and use of online PDF documents.
However, now and in the foreseeable future, the use of PDF technology and the various ACROBAT software products from Adobe offers a reasonably stable and secure technical environment for the presentation of the Commission’s online resources.
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