[texhax] dvi vs. pdf

Michael Barr barr at barrs.org
Thu Oct 16 09:30:11 CEST 2003

The issue over latex vs pdflatex is really one over dvi vs pdf.  First
off, I have found dvipdfm produces perfectly good output.  The electronic
journal that I am tex editor for still insists on papers that produce dvi 
files (with rare exceptions in cases that ps inclusions are absolutely 
necessary).  The main reason is that pdf is a proprietary format and dvi 
is a pd format.  To be sure, we are now posting the papers in dvi, ps, and 
pdf format, but the first one is the official one.  If you adopt pdflatex 
as the only thing you support, you will be cut off from our journal.  This 
might change in the future, but I much prefer a pd format.  What would 
happen if, sometime in the future, Adobe decided that anyone who posts pdf 
or ps material owes them royalties?

Michael Barr

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