Considering the annoyance and fear of clicking .pdf link because it triggers the opening of Acrobat Reader and the referenced .pdf resource size can be considerably big to download for a dialup connection, I believe that clearly identifying such link would benefit the user's experience as it would give him more reliable info *before clicking the link* and therefore helps his surfing decisions. One example which occured to me is explained at http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=169678#c10 Related references: PDF: Unfit for Human Consumption Users Hate PDF http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20030714.html Avoid PDF for On-Screen Reading http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20010610.html "Use link titles to provide users with a preview of where each link will take them, *before* they have clicked on it." Ten Good Deeds in Web Design http://www.useit.com/alertbox/991003.html A very slim minority of websites do identify with an image or logo that a link points to a .pdf file. The goal of this bugfile is to help the user nonetheless/despite poor webpage design. Somewhat also related to this bug are bug 90213 and bug 169678.
"You always need to provide an *explicit warning when linking to files in any other format than HTML* for at least two reasons: o the user may not have the necessary software installed and it is very impolite to make them wait (these files are usually bigger than simple HTML) for something they can't use o the non-standard file format will cause a non-standard behavior: for example, a PDF file will start up Acrobat (if the user has it installed, of course), thus giving users a nasty surprise in terms of an even longer wait and the appearance of new and different interface controls" J. Nielsen Linking to Non-Standard Files Without Warning http://www.useit.com/alertbox/990530_comments.html
This is a subcategory of the wider bug 169678 and thus should block bug 169678 (as, for example, bug 90213 does already).
I removed the cursor and the image of the cursor at the provided URL. PDF is an open format: therefore such file format should not and must not be associated (or linked) with a single software like Adobe Acrobat Reader and its logo/icon. There are many other softwares which can render PDF file format. I will redo that cursor and do an image accordingly.
I've created another cursor to notify, indicate the PDF file type. This one is not identifying a company or a particular software.
Filter "spam" on "guifeatures-nobody-20080610".
Assignee: guifeatures → nobody
QA Contact: guifeatures
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