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The (negative) "picky flag" says more about you or the company that you represent than the person applying.

Being picky about your tools and what you produce should be a positive sign. It shows that you care. It doesn't say anything about how flexible the person is.

Also if they send in their TeX-ed resume as a pdf (and not a sensible format like postscript), it shows that they can compromise.

Considering postscript "sensible" is a red flag, if I ever saw one. Not to be negative, but while that might have been suitable 30 years ago...

I meant `sensible' purely in the technical sense. Postscript is superior to pdf. pdf is basically a stripped down postscript in binary format as a premature size optimization. ps.gz is usually smaller than the equivalent pdf.

I wouldn't send out postscript files to people I don't know, since you can't assume that people are able to read them.

I assume your comment was purely about the social point of view? Or are there technical reasons for foregoing postscript documents you may want to print? (Especially reasons that didn't exist 30 years ago.) Thanks!

I would say my comment was purely about the "user-friendly" point of view, which overlaps technical and social. The right answer, speaking from a technical worldview, is always at least related to what is user-friendly. Technically superior is the same as technically worthless if nobody can use it.

I used ps (in favour of pdf) whenever I can get away with it. Especially if I am the consumer of the data and can decide which format somebody else prepares for me. E.g. when downloading scientific paper there's often a .ps version.

I wouldn't want to force other people (especially non-geeks) to learn about data formats they don't care about. And after all a pdf is still better than MS Word.

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