IMO Acrobat format would be the best too use for this project. It does run
under Linux (at least the reader), as I have it at home (and other favours
of UNIX). I would suggest the final product be aimed at a "formatted"
document with graphics and schematics in the Adobe PDF file format, and
perhaps for those who still love the dated ASCII, then perhaps chapters can
be save as text before encoding to PDF. By the way PDF documents are
searchable, at least the vs. 4.x, and I have seen PDF documents that have
Hypertext-like indexes. I know nothing of the creation of these types of
documents, but it sounds like Neon John is willing to share his expertise,
and I think we should take him up on it.
At 11:42 AM 10/25/1999 -0600, you wrote:
>Original Poster: Neon John <johngd-at-bellsouth-dot-net>
>Tesla List wrote:
>> Original Poster: Travis Tabbal <bigboss-at-xmission-dot-com>
>> PDF is a good format, but the encoder is windows only last time I looked.
>No. In the pay world, Adobe products run on the Mac too. Not sure
>about unix. In the free world, Ghostscript (runs on almost
>everything) includes a "ps2pdf" filter that converts postscript to
>Acrobat format. Since almost all software can print to file for a
>postscript printer, this utility is all that is needed. There is
>even a web-based online version at
>http://www.ps2pdf-dot-com/cgi-bin/ps2pdf. There are probably others
>too, since Acrobat is an open format.
>> It's a
>> usefull format, and the reader is free, but I can't get an encoder. If you
>> want to
>> make a PDF version when we are done, I'd love to dedicate some disk space
>> to it.
>I'll certainly be happy to do it if you'd like. But see the above
>for a DIY kit -)
>> should also be noted that some people have trouble with PDF. I know it
>> seems hard
>> to believe, but I've had to hand-hold a LOT of people through getting
>> installed. Every box sold in the last 2 years has a web browser installed
>> and most allready know how to use it. HTML is the standard information
>> format of the present day internet. For documents meant to be printed, PDF
>> and PS
>> fill the gap.
>I'd give that argument some consideration if we were talking about
>housewives having to load acrobat in order to read new recipes. But
>this stuff is aimed at (prospective) Tesla people. It is reasonable
>to assume that these folks have at least a little technical savvy.
>For Wintel boxes running either of the Big 2 browsers, and probably
>Macintrashes too, loading the acrobat reader is as simple as
>answering "yes" when the browser asks if it should download a plugin
>to handle the first PDF file encountered.
>Anyway, if you need typesetting services, just ask.
>John De Armond
>Neon John's Custom Neon
>"Bendin' Glass 'n Passin' Gas"