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Converting Files to PDF for ScholarSpace


For text-based works, the University of Hawaii Libraries recommend PDF as the preferred file format. Although ScholarSpace will accept MS Word, WordPerfect, and other file formats for text, PDF is preferred because it is open source and easier to preserve.

If you need to submit a PDF file you will want to convert from whatever format you presently have to Adobe PDF. For most electronic documents that's a process that's almost as simple as printing, though you may need some specialized software:

Special Formatting Issues

As you create a PDF file, you will need to pay special attention to fonts. It's very important that all unusual fonts be included ("embedded") in the PDF file as TrueType or Postscript fonts, since otherwise the font you used might not be available when someone later tried to view or print your magnum opus.

Note that many readers of your work will view it after printing the PDF file on a black & white laser printer. Although the PDF format allows you to include a wide variety of media, you should insure that the crucial information will be preserved when the document is reproduced. If you include color images in your PDF file, make sure that they are still readable if printed in monochrome on letter-size paper.

For More Information

There is a wealth of information about PDF on the web. See for instance:


Contact your Community's ScholarSpace administrator or write if you have questions about ScholarSpace policies.


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