I do not see the reason why you are emphasising on "the reality is that embedding PDF documents in a web page is not a very good practice", what is the reality on this, and why not? Is there a security issue? Are we not allowed by laws and regulation? Is it just made up like many examples by politician, when they have no real answer to the question?
Well, I do think it was not thought through by the menu developer and it has always been clear Adobe and Microsoft have not been a great help either, but probably the developer never did have to put PDF under a menu, so it was out of sight out of mind, it is o.k., as a mechanical engineer I guest that would be called improvement in next design, but I also think it is always less stress full just to say, it was not design for that and give alternative method to embed in the site like “neilo”.
I am looking at "neilo" answer and if this is the solution for showing PDF through some "FlashPaper" is a solution to me, but I have no idea how to go about it and I see is costs $$$ would someone help please?
Thankyou "neilo" I have had not come across a Flash Paper before, again thanks it could definitely be an alternative. Is there a free one? As I am going forward I see really this would be a good practice to sell FlashPaper, it does what adobe PDF was doing in a page before, ignore maybe it is a conspiracy mind.
Actually, there ARE reasons why WebAssist is emphasizing not to do such a practice and it is to help you.
The reason is because the practice is not standards based... why you may ask? That is because no two web browsers handle such method the same. This has nothing to do with WA's extensions - which work the same in all browsers. Embedding PDFs in HTML, however, is handled very differently on each browser platform.
Try to be a little open minded when professional web coders give advice; it's probably because they know a little bit about what they are talking about. They are really not just giving a "politician's" answer.
Now, if you are still determined to straight embed it, then I suggest, perhaps something like Nielo said or maybe even an i-Frame.
The reason against embedding with Flash, though, is that it will NOT show up at all on the iPad, iPhone, or any other mobile device at this time. And the stats don't lie, the Safari WebKit mobile browser is quickly becoming the world's most widely used browser, so I would strongly recommend against any method that relies on Flash.
There are services that will convert on the fly such Adobe's acrobat share service: acrobat.com/. But that will cost you money.
You could use Adobe tools to actually convert the PDF to HTML or text and just put that in your page rather than embedding the actual PDF: access_onlinetools.html
I still think one of the best options would be to create an image of your pdf in say, jpg format and then put the image on the page and link the pdf to it, so the user can click the image and then the pdf would download to their desktop.
Lastly, I love Scribd - it's an online service that will allow you to upload your file and share it from any web page, see here: www.scribd.com/. This would probably be my choice.