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.
Meanwhile, MP4 video & MP3 audio have 98% global reach.
If govt agencies & academia hadn't invested in it so heavily, PDF would be a distant memory now.
Just my 2 cents.
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.
If you have a look at the referenced Mime-types statistics:
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.
...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.
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.
Kindle is the most popular e-book reader … on Amazon!
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