PDF vs. HTML - A comparison of two file formats

When you look at a web page and a PDF file, what do you see? Not many people are aware of the fact that PDF and HTML share some of the same characteristics and both are often compared side by side. If given the chance to jot down differences and similarities, your list might include some of the following:

HTML
PDF
Not scalable
Scalable
No media available to add footnotes
Can annotate and add comments
Navigation consists of scroll bar, search engines, hypertext
Variety of reader navigation controls
Requires browser window
Requires PDF reader
Font and appearance defined by web page creator; may appear differently according to browser
Fonts are embedded - appearance and layout of document is retained
No security restrictions
PDF security measures can be added
Concerned with structure
Concerned with appearance

Both are universal formats in that all browsers can accommodate HTML just as all computers can support PDF. They are also portable in that you can electronically send either format as a file over the Internet.

PDF and HTML formats can enhance each other in similar ways. An example includes the web-functionality in a PDF file. Internet links and images in PDF documents are possible. Likewise, PDFs can be used on HTML-based web sites to include supplementary content such as articles or forms.

Thus, it's easy to see why PDF and HTML can be considered competitive forms although they aren't derived from the same technologies.

Due to the advantages and disadvantages of each, there may be instances in which a user want to either convert their PDF to HTML or convert HTML to PDF, depending on the situation.

Users can use the conversion capability of Able2Extract to convert from PDF to HTML.
The software also has PDF creation build in, so for those wanting to go from HTML to PDF, Able2Extract will surely do the trick.