Please distribute the attached mail on a many listservs as possible. This is a
MAJOR concern if ADOBE has their way. Once again, may folks will be left
without true access to information, particularly on the NII.
ICADD is working hard to block this, as well as the SGML Consortium. We hope
to get your support.
Please note that I will be at the Mosaic '94 conference next week and at the
Internet '94 Conference in December, to ensure that we have an equal voice in
accessibilty on the NII.
Thanks for your support,
Vision Impaired Information Services
Digital Equipment Corporation
From: SHANE::US2RMC::"firstname.lastname@example.org" "MAIL-11 Daemon" 5-OCT-1994 22:22:07.78
CC: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
shane::paciello, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subj: PDF as a US National Standard
I understand that the US National Institute of Standards and Technology,
supported by dollars from the Dept of Defense and Adobe has done a study
suggesting that Adobe's proprietary PDF format be made a US Federal
Information Processing Standard for electronic viewing.
My feeling is that this would throw back the cause of accessible documents
immeasurably. The idea that the page image -- one-time, non-reusable,
non-adaptable, etc -- should be considered a valuable archival or display
form is frightening.
I have heard all this just today, and very third hand, but I understand
that Oct 17th is the last day for opposing viewpoints to be heard. I
encourage those of you who are American, and taxpayers, to make your
feelings known. The SGML Open Consortium will certainly do what it can
in this area.
If you have feelings in this area, or want to know what's going on, contact
Mike Rubenfeld at NIST, 301 975-3064.
Please keep the rest of this list informed too.
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