Subject: Re: ANSI X3.226 in PDF at a bargain
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 15:54:46 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Kent M Pitman
| Hmm.  Well, they were given PostScript files so I can't imagine they didn't
| just distill them. 

  The PDF document is a scan.  It is _pathetic_, as Raymond Toy said, and I
  should have saved my dollars and not wasted the bandwidth.  Bummer.  I
  have not transferred the 50M Ada standard, but I suspect it is just as
  bad, and will complain to ANSI for this low-quality product.

| Probably just not as many font shifts.  It's those font shifts that
| enabled all the hyperlinks to be created from the TeX.

  Nah, the C++ standard is a regular PDF file with real text.

| I wonder if the price fell due to its age or due to a change in ANSI
| policy.  It would be great if ANSI didn't see paper publishing as its
| source of funding.

  It appears that all electronic standards from ANSI are USD 18, now, but I
  have only checked computer-related ones.  _I_ think this is fantastic,
  but the ISO versions are ten to twenty times more expensive, so at least
  one of the behemoths have seen the light.