Desktop publishing involves the use of a computer to create high quality documents that are intended to be either printed by the user on a personal printer or sent to a commercial printing house. However, a user may elect to view files on a screen using page-viewing software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or Microsoft E-Book Reader.

One key feature in most definitions of desktop publishing is the software that is used to produce the files. Traditionally this has meant the use of specific high-end page layout programs such as QuarkXPress or Adobe PageMaker. However, many of the features that differentiated these programs from word processing have become incorporated into programs such as Microsoft Word of Corel WordPerfect.

The definition of desktop publishing extends beyond page layout ...

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