[Air-L] PDF is proprietary?

Marianne van den Boomen M.V.T.vandenBoomen at uu.nl
Sat Jan 19 06:25:20 PST 2013

On 15/01/2013 16:28, Burcu Bakioglu wrote:

> Also as danah was saying, PDF is not a machine readable format, so search
> engines can only index by the title, not the content of the article. So
> those who are searching it won't readily find it.

While this was true in the 90s, most PDFs are now not just images but 
parsed by OCR and therefore as full text indexable by search engines. 
Try this on Google with any obscure pdf you have uploaded - it will pop up.

kind regards

Marianne van den Boomen

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