Mozilla’s standards based PDF reader


Firefox could natively render most PDFs online soon

Andreas Gal, researcher at Mozilla, has revealed Mozilla is working on a web-standards-based PDF reader, pdf.js (see Github for the latest code). He told .net that the idea was born on a recent business trip to Asia. "Chris Jones and I were discussing what platform capabilities might be missing from HTML5. We were wondering why Google Chrome embedded a native code PDF renderer to display PDFs and why nobody had implemented a PDF reader in HTML5/JavaScript yet," he recalls. "If you can do anything you want with HTML5, why would you have to use native code? We wanted to see whether doing this in JavaScript and HTML5 resulted in competitive performance and visual quality."

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