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Frequently Asked Questions —
Portable Document Format (PDF) Files
What is a PDF file?

The Portable Document Format was invented by Adobe Systems to make it possible to view and print documents on a wide variety of computer platforms without having to have the software and fonts that created the original document on every single machine. It is the de facto standard for document handling worldwide, and on the World Wide Web.

How can I read them, and what does it cost?

Adobe's Acrobat software creates PDF files. However, if you do not wish to create files, only to view and print them, Adobe makes an Acrobat Reader package available at no charge. You can download a version for your Windows, Macintosh or Unix-type machine directly from Adobe.

How do I install the Reader?

Complete information is provided by Adobe at the download point. The Reader will be installed as a browser plug-in; in other words, when the Web browser encounters a PDF file, the Reader will automatically be loaded.

What PDF files are offered at Onofrio.com?

Many show forms are available in our Download area. Premium lists and judging programs are available in the Show Information section.

Can I copy these files onto my home computer?

You can. If the Reader is already running, use its Save function; if the Reader is not yet running, right-click on the link to the document and select Save Target As....

Will they look exactly like the hard-copy versions of the same documents?

Within the limitations of the technology, yes. Some ornate fonts are rendered in more generic form, and maps and other drawings are not always perfectly generated, but purely-text content will appear as it does on paper.

You used to provide HTML versions of premium lists and judging programs. Why switch to PDF?

We provided both versions for some time. The HTML versions were phased out for a number of reasons:
  • Owing to time and document-size constraints, the HTML versions were necessarily incomplete — no entry forms in the premium lists, no routes to the show in the judging programs, and so forth;
  • There was no way to predetermine how the HTML files would look on anyone's browser — the exact opposite of a standard — since HTML is highly browser-dependent;
  • Providing both types of documents proved to be a disproportionate drain upon our resources — we want to continue service to the customer without charge for as long as possible;
  • Because the HTML versions were first transcribed and then translated, the opportunity for error was far greater (PDF versions, by contrast, are derived directly from the source document).

I tried to bring up a PDF file and got a blank screen. What happened?

We can't tell from this end. We suggest reloading the page, or trying to save it to your own computer (see above). If this fails, both Adobe and Microsoft (for users of Microsoft Internet Explorer) have published pages which address this issue.

I went to Adobe and they don't have a version for WebTV. What should I do?

At the present time, Microsoft, which owns WebTV, has not implemented support for PDF files. If you subscribe to WebTV, you should feel free to ask them why not.

Updated May 23, 2001

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