The PDF file format seems to be less robust than it was a few short years ago when Haptics-e standardized on it. It is not as straightforward as it used to be to generate a PDF file which is 100% compatible and both displays and prints properly on all platforms. At least one reader has reported some problems with at least one of our published papers. Suggested solutions:
Readers: Please do not hesitate to report any PDF problems on haptics-e to the editor [email]. A workaround that has been successful with the minor problems so far: If the paper does not display properly inside your browser, save it to your hard drive (as a pdf file) and then open it with Acrobat Reader.
Authors: Please use up to date software for encoding your pdf including version 6.0 or higher of Ghostscript (for Latex users). Make sure all fonts are "embedded" within the document. Unless the reader has all of the same fonts you have used, they will not display properly without "embedding".
An excellent resource page from Yale Medical School for Latex users (as of Oct 2001): [Latex -> PDF].
Hopefully Adobe and the industry will work out these problems soon. If a better format comes out, we will adopt it.