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  4. <title>FSFE launches Free PDF Readers campaign</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE launches Free PDF Readers campaign</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">The <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/">Fellowship</a>
  9. of the Free Software Foundation Europe is proud to announce its latest
  10. initiative: <a href="http://pdfreaders.org/">pdfreaders.org</a>, a site
  11. providing information about PDF with links to Free Software PDF readers
  12. for all major operating systems.</p>
  13. <p>"Interoperability, competition and choice are primary benefits of Open
  14. Standards that translate into vendor-independence and better value for
  15. money for customers," says FSFE president Georg Greve. "Although many
  16. versions of PDF offer all these benefits for formatted text and
  17. documents, files in PDF formats typically come with information that
  18. users need to use a specific product. pdfreaders.org provides an
  19. alternative to highlight the strengths of PDF as an Open Standard."</p>
  20. <p>The coordinators of pdfreaders.org, Hannes Hauswedell and Jan-Hendrik
  21. Peters, are pleased to present the latest revision of the site with
  22. short and compact information how users can seize the full benefits of
  23. both Open Standards and Free Software.</p>
  24. <p>"Free Software gives us control over the software we use, and Open
  25. Standards give us control over our data and allow implementations by
  26. many different groups," explains Jan-Hendrik Peters. "We wanted to
  27. show that with the Portable Document Format people can have both."</p>
  28. <p>Hannes Hauswedell adds: "Similar to a Free Software project we started
  29. off with an idea, provided a first implementation, received lots of
  30. feedback, and worked that into a better version of the site. We are
  31. grateful to all the people who got involved. This was a collaborative
  32. effort that would not have been possible without all the contributors."</p>
  33. <p>"The site offers buttons in several languages that we encourage
  34. everyone to put next to PDF files offered on their sites," explains
  35. Matthias Kirschner, FSFE's Fellowship Coordinator. "We hope that in a
  36. year from now, no PDF is offered without the vendor-independent
  37. alternative buttons of pdfreaders.org."</p>
  38. <h2>About the Free Software Foundation Europe</h2>
  39. <p>The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit non-governmental
  40. organisation active in many European countries and involved in many global
  41. activities. Access to software determines participation in a digital society.
  42. To secure equal participation in the information age, as well as freedom of
  43. competition, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is
  44. dedicated to the furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use,
  45. study, modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues,
  46. securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people Freedom by
  47. supporting development of Free Software are central issues of the FSFE.</p>
  48. <p>You will find further information about the work of the FSFE at <a
  49. href="http://www.fsfeurope.org/">http://www.fsfeurope.org/</a>.</p>
  50. <h2>Contact</h2>
  51. <ul>
  52. <li>Belgium: +32 2 747 03 57</li>
  53. <li>Germany: +49 700 373 38 76 73</li>
  54. <li>Sweden: +46 31 7802160</li>
  55. <li>Switzerland: +41 43 500 03 66</li>
  56. <li>UK: +44 29 200 08 17 7</li>
  57. </ul>
  58. <p><a href="/contact/contact.html">Other ways to get in touch</a> with the
  59. FSFE.</p>
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