Extra Dimensions: 3D and Time in PDF Documentation

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High energy physics is replete with multi-dimensional information which is often poorly represented by the two dimensions of presentation slides and print media. Past efforts to disseminate such information to a wider audience have failed for a number of reasons, including a lack of standards which are easy to implement and have broad support. Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) has in recent years become the de facto standard for secure, dependable electronic information exchange. It has done so by creating an open format, providing support for multiple platforms and being reliable and extensible. By providing support for the ECMA standard ... continued below

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Graf, Norman A. November 10, 2011.

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High energy physics is replete with multi-dimensional information which is often poorly represented by the two dimensions of presentation slides and print media. Past efforts to disseminate such information to a wider audience have failed for a number of reasons, including a lack of standards which are easy to implement and have broad support. Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) has in recent years become the de facto standard for secure, dependable electronic information exchange. It has done so by creating an open format, providing support for multiple platforms and being reliable and extensible. By providing support for the ECMA standard Universal 3D (U3D) file format in its free Adobe Reader software, Adobe has made it easy to distribute and interact with 3D content. By providing support for scripting and animation, temporal data can also be easily distributed to a wide audience. In this talk, we present examples of HEP applications which take advantage of this functionality. We demonstrate how 3D detector elements can be documented, using either CAD drawings or other sources such as GEANT visualizations as input. Using this technique, higher dimensional data, such as LEGO plots or time-dependent information can be included in PDF files. In principle, a complete event display, with full interactivity, can be incorporated into a PDF file. This would allow the end user not only to customize the view and representation of the data, but to access the underlying data itself.

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  • Journal Name: J.Phys.Conf.Ser.119:082004,2008; Conference: Prepared for International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP 07), Victoria, BC, Canada, 2-7 Sep 2007

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  • Report No.: SLAC-PUB-14710
  • Grant Number: AC02-76SF00515
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1029162
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc832888

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Graf, Norman A. Extra Dimensions: 3D and Time in PDF Documentation, article, November 10, 2011; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc832888/: accessed December 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.