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Re: lynx-dev Is Lynx still practical?

From: Duncan Simpson
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Is Lynx still practical?
Date: Sat, 27 May 2000 16:12:51 +0000

[Question about open source pdf viewers]
> Ghostscript has tools for this.  It is not public domain (then hardly
> anyhting is), but is open sourced and versions more than a year old
> are GPLed.  Acrobat Reader is no cost, but closed source, and probably
> does a better job.  In the limit, though, it depends on the quality
> of the postscript that was used to create the PDF.  Word individually
> places each character, whereas a good PDF authoring tool would output
> complete sentences with an average stretch factor for micro-spacing.
> With Word, the tool has to guess where the spaces are.
<rest snipped>

xpdf is a nice front end to ghosscript that works IMHO much better than 
acrobat reader (less bloat, does not just dump core and source code included). 
AFAIK it requires ghsoscrip or some other postscript rendering engine with X!1 
output support. xdf seems to work where plain ghostscript has considerable 
problems and I can recommendd it.
Duncan (-:
"software industry, the: unique industry where selling substandard goods is
legal and you can charge extra for fixing the problems."

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