SARS and PDF Readers campaign

I received an email with a link to this news article

“Interoperability, competition and choice are primary benefits of Open

Standards that translate into vendor-independence and better value for
money for customers,” says FSFE president Georg Greve. “Although many
versions of PDF offer all these benefits for formatted text and
documents, files in PDF formats typically come with information that
users need to use a specific product. provides an
alternative to highlight the strengths of PDF as an Open Standard.”

It was interesting that I was recently on the south african revenue services e-filing site and I was unable to use my pdf reader (evince) to access the forms on the site. In fact they state, “All income tax returns (IT12S, IT12C, IT12TR, IT12EI and IT14) will be made available in an electronic format using freely available Adobe software.”