Sometimes you really don't want the author to know...
Posted Mar 31, 2005 8:50 UTC (Thu) by eru
In reply to: Differences from server logs
Parent article: Unexpected features in Acrobat 7
Plus, is it really wrong for a content author to know a bit about how far their content has spread? In nearly all cases, an IP address doesn't tell much about you.
Try this skenario: Whistleblower at a Big Corrupt Corporation mails law
enforcement officials an internal PDF document exposing illegal activities
by the top management. Unfortunately the PDF was tracked and the Law Enforcer
just naively opens it with Acrobat, thus alerting the corrupt management
to the investigation, and giving them a head start with the paper shredders...
For a long time I thought of PDFs as just a kind of digital paper.
Too bad they have now endowed it with capabilities to perform
surprising activities when the document is merely read. We really need
an electronic docment format that is guaranteed to be "inert". I guess
plain ASCII is left, but something with richer formatting capabilities
would also be nice.
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