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Most of pdf computer files are left unread: World Bank study

Last Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 18:08

Zee Media Bureau

London: Talk about the pdf (portable document format) and you rate it as the standard file format for your research notes, academic papers and more. But, now a World Bank study says that most of pdfs are left buried unread on the servers.

Of the 1,611 pdf reports the study looked at, only 25 were downloaded more than 1,000 times in the five-year period between 2008 and 2012.

Over 31 percent of the reports the group looked at, 517 separate research papers - were not downloaded a single time.
The reason for this is because “pdfs often give up machine readability in favour of human readability”.

“The basic format does not include any requirement that text be selectable or searchable,” said a Guardian report.

Despite efforts to create `pdf to html` converters, they still need human oversight to check for errors of interpretation.

According to the study, “more expensive and complex reports on middle-income countries with larger populations tend to be downloaded more frequently”.
The portable document format, or “pdf”, was invented by Adobe in 1993.

With IANS Inputs

First Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 18:08
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