Why Is It Generally Impossible To Edit PDF Files Like Microsoft Word?

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Why is it generally impossible to edit PDF files like Microsoft Word documents?

Because PDF is designed that way. It is intended as a final format for a document, not a format for continued editing and modification. In fact, one of its huge advantages is that it cannot easily be modified. If you want to change a PDF, change the source document from which it was generated and recreate it—which should be readily accessible if you hold the rights to the document.

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On top of that, I believe any user who wants to contribute to the code will simply have to wait for Google to start working on an update to the OpenGov PDF format. That should happen after the holidays when everyone goes back to working on their projects. The PDF format is probably not dead yet, but it is heading in that direction. If open editing is important to you, stop supporting PDF (at least for now) and use HTML. But don't say it's not open. And don't get me wrong—I'm thrilled that OpenOffice is on top. But it's not the only choice out there just yet. The choice is yours.

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