Frank Mittelbach writes:
> > - How much of an advantage is pdftex compared to creating pdf via DVI?
> > I have only done the latter without any problems, but of course it
> > involves more file format conversions.
> not only that, but "rich" as produced via pdftex with hyperef might be more
> difficult to provide (I might get corrected here), eg can you easily produce
> references etc via the dvi -> ps -> pdf route right now? that might become a
> non issue but I guess there is an advantage when you can control what is
> produced for the target format directly.
the classic example is link breaking. if you have a long bit of text
to make into a link, pdftex can break it into multiple links, amd
linebreak nicely. dvi-based methods just crawl away in despair and make
a long unbroken link. People do claim they could break links at the dvi
level, but I don't think anyone has actually done it