PDF Example

by Donald Daniel

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If the lines of text are too long you can fix the problem with these instructions.

Publication of technical papers on the internet is hampered by the difficulty of presenting fancy mathematical equations and crisp detailed line graphics in an ordinary HTML web page. Pdf documents can solve this problem. They are not read with a browser, but your browser can download them to your disk, then you can read them with the free Adobe Acrobat on Windows, or with "gv" or "xpdf" on Linux. Some browsers will automatically call Acrobat or gv so the file can be viewed without downloading it to the disk.

These first two documents you may have trouble seeing; more visible ones come later. The document pdfex.tex is the manually created text file used to create an example pdf document. The document temp1.eps is a computer generated graph to be included in the document. If you are a Windows user, you should get pdfex.txt and temp1.txt instead, as these will be easier to read with your software. The two original files were created under the linux operating system, which does not use carriage return characters. The two "txt" files are identical to the above except for the name change and the addition of invisible carriage return characters. Temp1.txt may have to be saved to your desktop; click on it and you will see it in notepad. The document pdfex.pdf is the final result of the process which is described in detail in the pdf document. The print is small, you may have to expand it on your screen to read it clearly. All three of these documents should be saved on your hard drive to see how it was done, and try it yourself. The text of pdfex.tex (or pdfex.txt) should be compared with a printout of pdfex.pdf to understand how it was done.

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