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A Preference For PDF

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When it comes to electronic formats, Communications readers prefer PDF to HTML, according to data on a year’s worth of published articles. PDF’s faithful reproduction of magazine pages appears to give it an edge. Legacy is another factor. Every article in Communications’ 52-year history is available in PDF, while HTML versions date back to 1999. Also, members are accustomed to accessing ACM’s many transactions, proceedings, and journals exclusively in PDF.

The table shows how the most popular articles published over a 12-month span were accessed from the DL and Communications’ Web site.


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