Ripping your PDF files apart (what you really need to know about the guts of your PDF files)?
The PDF file format is organised very differently from most other filetypes. This is a source of its strength and weakness and the cause of a huge number of misunderstandings. In this talk I will take you inside the PDF file to give you an understanding of how it works, the strengths of its elegant design and also possible areas of weakness. At the end I want you to know exactly how to make the PDF file format work for you.
Mark Stephens has spent the last 14 years working on developing a PDF viewer in Java and now he is also converting PDF files into HTML5 for the mobile platform. His favourite PDF viewer is Vi (Or possibly Emacs). He is a regular attendee and speaker at conferences and you can see his 'slightly' tongue in cheek assessment of the software industry's future (complete with kittens!) at Business of Software 2012. His wife says he has a very dry sense of humour and he promises his children that he will one day find a practical use for his MA degree in Mediaeval History.
Ripping your PDF files apart