IN THIS CHAPTER
In this chapter we look at Word's ability to save files in either of two competing printer-ready formats: PDF and XPS. Each is a more or less open file format that aspires to be the industry standard for distributing documents in such a way that they appear identical to the reader regardless of platform—PC, Macintosh, Unix, Linux, and so on. Word 2013 adds the ability to edit PDF files.
The chapter also looks at other ways of digitally sharing information, including emailing a Word file to others and presenting a document online. Finally, this chapter looks at publishing for the Web in the form of HTML (Hyperttext Markup Language) and blogging (short for web logging, a web log being a journal published to the Web).
PDF stands for portable document format. It is an open-standard file format owned and developed by Adobe Systems. PDF is designed so that any given document looks identical regardless of the operating system and other software used to display or print it.
A Word document you send to someone else will look different depending on a variety of circumstances, including the following: