The main element of Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) is the connection of information via hyperlinks. The links can connect to information beyond the document itself, completely demolishing the traditional, DIN A4 based, uniform content entity representative of old-school documentation. HTML is therefore fundamentally different, in its very 'genes', from PDF documents, whose greatest achievement was allowing a formatted DIN A4 page to be displayed identically on every output device, regardless of whether it is printed or displayed digitally.
For years, the variety of design options available with HTML and CSS have made their mark on emails and, in particular, on professionally designed newsletters. When it comes to using mobile media such as tablets or smartphones, HTML is the perfect tool for creating a user-friendly display that allows for dynamic reformatting. That is, regardless of how the device is oriented or what size font the user has selected, the text is always formatted correctly, and there is no need for annoying side scrolling.
This is possible because HTML provides a structural description of the document that strictly separates information on content and format. This separation allows layout elements such as paragraphs, headings, bold text, etc. to be marked as such without relying on a certain font metric, page layout, or format. HTML is thus extremely flexible. This is because data is not interpreted, formatted, and displayed using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) until the information is read by a browser. As such, HTML is the format that is furthest from the traditional, physical DIN A4 format.
The M/ Series has a renderer that produces non page-based HTML.
This metadata can then be used during the continued life cycle of the document, in order to assign it a logical context, to mark it as a draft or finished version, to define the archive key for retrieval, and more.
This opens many new possibilities regarding digital handling and layout of business documents.