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Convert PDFs to HTML



Ask yourself, "is this document important and do I want visitors to our website to read it?". If the answer is yes, then you should publish it as HTML pages instead of, or as well as, PDF.

Using Adobe PDF as a shortcut to adding web content short-changes your audience and your organisation.

PDFs cause problems for your end users:

  1. They are hard to weave through in hopes of finding information.
  2. It's difficult to read PDF business documents on a BlackBerry.
  3. They are costly to print out.

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PDF a lost opportunities for web publishers:

  1. They miss out on search engine optimisation.
  2. Lost corporate social responsibility (CSR) opportunities.
  3. They miss out on cost savings

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The overwhelming majority of consumers; staff and business web users prefer HTML over PDF

To avoid frustrating your audience, use Riverdocs to turn your PDF into HTML. Because we convert PDF to the highest standard HTML for accessibility we deliver a lot of other benefits such as usability and search engine optimisation.

The Right Place for PDF

Reading this you might think that you can't or shouldn't use PDF on your website. However it does have a place for appropriate content, such as providing versions of your printed brochures, or faxable forms for branch offices to print out. Adobe PDF was designed for sharing print documents across different computer platforms.

Its great strength is that it will look the same on any computer. A PDF will print out more or less the same on any printer, of course different paper and printer limitations mean that it won't always look as good as the original design. Also remember that home users can get annoyed when it takes a whole set of ink cartridges to print a single document.

If you are clear that this version is online to be printed out with this look and feel, in appropriate circumstances, then PDF is the best choice.

  1. You should create guidelines that identify when you should and shouldn't use PDF.
  2. You should clearly warn web users when a link will bring them to a PDF file instead of a web page.
  3. Provide a HTML version for online use whenever possible, or;
  4. Provide a summary web page to help search engines find the content, and let users decide if it is relevant.

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