The unreasonable effectiveness of simple HTML

I've told this story at conferences - but due to the general situation I thought I'd retell it here.

A few years ago I was doing policy research in a housing benefits office in London. They are singularly unlovely places. The walls are brightened up with posters offering helpful services for people fleeing domestic violen



Excellent article.

You touched a point that has been bugging me for a while: PDFs. For some reason, in this modern world of hypertext and differently sized screens, people insist on using a print analogue--often with inline hyperlinks that won't even work in print!

You'd think it would make more sense to use a simple HTML layout with a CGI script to produce a PDF. It would certainly be good if certain govs didn't all but mandate Adobe Reader.

Better then .docxs 🤷‍♀️

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