A Format Design Case Study: PDF. King, J. C. In pages 95-97.
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We explain how the Portable Document Format was designed based upon some specific design criteria that were developed to make an advance beyond previous technology. The environmental variables (computing power, business climate) that affected the design are also discussed.
@inproceedings{ kin04,
  crossref = {acmht04},
  author = {James C. King},
  title = {A Format Design Case Study: PDF},
  pages = {95-97},
  topic = {pdf[0.8]},
  uri = {http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1012810},
  doi = {10.1145/1012807.1012810},
  abstract = {We explain how the Portable Document Format was designed based upon some specific design criteria that were developed to make an advance beyond previous technology. The environmental variables (computing power, business climate) that affected the design are also discussed.}
}
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