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--Peter <== whose main technology fear now is the demise of the PDF format.

I never thought about that one. I have had some trouble exchanging .pdf files with others. If the fonts on my system are not the fonts on the receiving systems, problems can ensue. Some are minor -- the results do not look the same and may affect the cosmetics. Some are major -- the results are unreadable. In the most recent event like this, we (Linux user and two Mac users) exchanged .ps (postscript) files instead, and that worked just fine. Since Linux systems use .ps as the default fancy-text format, it might last longer than .pdf. It depends on which you think will last longer: Adobe or Linux. I have no opinion on that.

ASCII may be the best bet.
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