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I am building a scientific manuscript application that would allow authors to input their manuscript information online which would be stored into a microsoft SQL 2005 database.  The data they input, title, authors, and manuscript information would then be used to display on the clients website via HTML as well as generating PDF's on the fly.
My issues are the following:  

1. What is the best way to have the client input this data (with the main issue being the special foreign characters, scientific formulas etc)?  Should I provide them with HTML text editor type boxes and just store this type of data as html?
2.  I have thousands of existing PDF documents that I need to input into a database that are in this format.  What would be the best suggestion for extracting this data to keep it in the same format.
I've attached a graphic sample of what one input would look like with the characters.  
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HTML is just one option. You can store these data in many more formats like RTF or even MS Word DOC format which could contain structural formulas... All these formats must be handled at client side in appropriate form controls. OLE controls for all above formats are available. Above is valid for PDF, as well, but PDF is suitable just for archiving or reporting purposes because a possibility to update PDFs is restricted.

RTF control should be sufficient to create above document format.

The best data type for large binary contents at SQL Server is varbinary(max). It can keep binary documents of almost unlimited size. The way how to store and retrieve these files from SQL Server depends on client platform used.

You should also think about MS Sharepoint services to handle such large amount of your data. It was designed for this purpose.
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