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Tips for Generating PDF Files
Many Web sites contain PDF files which are downloaded for viewing. PDF files,
rather than a standard Web page, might be used in the following types of
- You might want to convert a document that has advanced formatting (e.g., a
newsletter), which would be difficult to create on a Web page.
- You might want to quickly convert a word processing (e.g., MS Word)
document into a downloadable Web file.
Before you start converting your document to a PDF file, here are some tips
on preparing your document for conversion:
- Remove any headers and footers which have dynamically generated content (e.g., page
numbers or dates). Headers and footers with static information, such as a
title at the top of your pages), are OK.
- Avoid using any unique or custom fonts that might only be on your
computer. You will be safest if you use a common font such as Times New
Roman or Ariel.
- Carefully proof the source document to ensure it contains the correct
formatting that you desire.
- Some items placed inside a source document may not convert properly when
you generate a PDF file. So, try to avoid using the following inside your
- inserted symbols that might not be on the computer that generates the
- active hyperlinks to Web pages (this can be added after converting to
a PDF file)
- active mail links for emailing (this can be added after converting to
a PDF file)
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