PDF is the 3rd most popular file-format on the web

Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 16, 2021 Sep 16, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

PDF is the 3rd most popular file-format on the web (behind HTML and XHTML); more popular than JPEG, PNG or GIF files.

 

https://www.pdfa.org/pdfs-popularity-online

Views

160

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 18, 2021 Sep 18, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I can't help but wonder how neutral the PDF Association is.  Just because there's a lot of PDF still floating around doesn't make it statistically relevant. PDF is just a media file like video and audio but without the browser support.

 

Currently, PDF has only 53% browser support globally.

https://caniuse.com/pdf-viewer

 

Meanwhile, MP4 video & MP3 audio have 98% global reach.

https://caniuse.com/?search=MP4

https://caniuse.com/?search=MP3

 

And semantic HTML5 and (EC6) JavaScript have 99% & 93% browser support respectively.

https://caniuse.com/?search=HTML5

https://caniuse.com/?search=JavaScript

 

If govt agencies & academia hadn't invested in it so heavily, PDF would be a distant memory now.

 

Just my 2 cents.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 02, 2021 Oct 02, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

quote

I can't help but wonder how neutral the PDF Association is. 


By @Nancy OShea

As neutral as a car dealer on the car he wants to sell you… I never saw a car dealer prising the competitor's make.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Sep 24, 2021 Sep 24, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

If you have a look at the referenced Mime-types statistics:

https://commoncrawl.github.io/cc-crawl-statistics/plots/mimetypes

 

you would understand that this is referring to browsers accessing files directly. OBVIOUSLY by far most JPG, PNG, and GIF files are part of web pages (HTML), and therefore are not listed in that table. The percentages listed for image formats refer to users accessing images directly via the URL bar.

 

Since PDF files are generally directly linked to (rather than images, which are part of web pages, mostly) it is rather expected to see that PDF files are encountered more often in stats like these.

 

The linked page actually tells us how PDF is more popular than Word documents, epub, PPT, or other document formats for sharing with others. Which makes total sense. This said, anyone downloading books from book stores such as Amazon will tell you that those stats are reversed, and Kindle, epub, and even audio books are the popular document formats. 😉

 

Anyway, you misunderstood the intent and meaning of the article(s): PDF is not more popular than the commonly used image formats on the web: merely more often directly linked to.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 24, 2021 Sep 24, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

quote...you would understand that this is referring to browsers accessing files directly. OBVIOUSLY by far most JPG, PNG, and GIF files are part of web pages (HTML), and therefore are not listed in that table. The percentages listed for image formats refer to users accessing images directly via the URL bar.

============

@Wim5F94,

I do understand that.  Hence my reference to PDF as a media file type more akin to video and audio which is accessed directly. 

 

PDF is used for more than just images and text (eBooks) though.  For example, PDF is widely used for interactive forms and data gathering, all of which can be accomplished more efficiently with web technology that is readily supported by all browsers.

 

PDF was born out of the early computer days when researchers in one hemisphere needed to share scientific papers created on early Win based WordStar & WordPrefect (remember those?) with colleagues on incompatible Apple computers in another hemisphere.  PDF was a boon to the scientific & business communities who craved a truly cross-platform compatible file type.  Later, governments, schools & publishers adopted PDF for their own uses.

 

Don't get me wrong.  We still use PDF for some things out of necessity.  But as years go by, our reliance on it is waning.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 02, 2021 Oct 02, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Kindle is the most popular e-book reader … on Amazon!

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 04, 2021 Oct 04, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

LATEST

What are the Pandora Papers?

 

"More than 4 million PDFs"

Thank you @TheTimesofMalta for saying their name!

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/what-are-the-pandora-papers.905212

 

deed8f6c7f98c74622b18fb946b2030730d58390-1633265649-33bac1ae-1920x1280.jpg

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines