[Linux-aus] comment for an article on Government website accessibility

Mike Carden mike.carden at gmail.com
Tue May 26 17:11:49 EST 2009

Hi Dahna.

> less than five per cent were in RTF.

Zero percent RTF would be good, but getting down to five is a step in
the right direction. RTF is a bad, bad proprietary format that is
rarely rendered the same way twice by any two pieces of software. Even
software from the format's originator is inconsistent with it.

> In contrast, over 95
> per cent of the documents examined in 2008 were in PDF, being a
> proprietary software format.

Well, no it's not really. PDF 1.4 is a fully documented and non
proprietary ISO standard:


Many, many free implementaions of PDF viewers are out there:


What would be nice would be all government web sites being standards
compliant in their HTML and browser agnostic.


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