Re: Should Publishers Offer Free-Access Services?

From: Tony Barry <tonyb_at_NETINFO.COM.AU>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 1998 15:23:40 +1000

At 12:21 PM 1998/08/28, Thomas J. Walker wrote:
>In my opinion, libraries should actively solicit scientific societies to
>post and archive the PDF files of the articles in their paper-published

Just a plea to NOT standardise on a proprietry format and in particular not
PDF. Sure, supply PDF as well for those who only want to print.

Reading PDF online is like trying to read through a keyhole and the files
are huge, slow to print and there are reliability problems.

The format to aim for is XML (Extensible mark up language) which will
enable extentions such as MathML and ChemML for specialist purposes and the
format is open.


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