text format much butter ... PDF can be tiresome/bothersome to use on
regular basis ... plus versions of Adobe expire quickly, etc.
> De : Ian Smout <[log in to unmask]>
> A : [log in to unmask]
> Objet : reading PDF files
> Date : lundi 25 janvier 1999 12:41
> Greetings from someone who has been lurking on this list for some time!
> I would be grateful for advice on disseminating material through the
> internet. Like others, we provide documents on our web-sites in PDF
> which can be downloaded. It's a very easy way to make the printed
> available, without any complicated conversion procedures. We provide
> guidance on various topics to professionals working in the water sector
> related areas in low-and middle-income countries and want to make the
> material available as widely as possible.
> for a simple example, see
> To read PDF files, people need to have downloaded the free Adobe Acrobat
> Reader, which in UK takes 30 minutes or more over the phone. Once a user
> has done this, accessing PDF files works well.
> I would welcome comments from the African IT community on whether this is
> useful means of dissemination to non-IT professionals who have internet
> access in Africa, or on the contrary a delusion because connection
> mean that in practice few people can download the reader.
> Similarly has anyone recommendations on overcoming the problems?
> Ian K Smout, Leader of WEDC and Associate Director, WELL
> Water Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)
> Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK
> tel +44 1509 222642 (or 222885)
> fax +44 1509 211079
> The WELL web-site is at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/well/
> The WEDC home page is at