The Portable Document Format – more precisely PDF Version 1.7 – was approved for standardization with a vote of 13:1 by the responsible ISO technical committee, as reported by James C. King (Senior Principal Scientist & PDF Architect, Adobe) in Inside PDF. The file format has thus completed a major step towards becoming an international standard.
Several of the fourteen voting countries submitted additional comments. Many of the comments from the PDF/A Competence Center members who represent Switzerland and Germany in the ISO committee have already been included in the Corrigendum published by Adobe. Sections of the PDF 1.7 specification were verified by means of a test implementation, confirming the completeness and reproducibility of the specification. The international ISO working group will meet again in late January, and the official publication of the standard as ISO 32000 is expected shortly thereafter.
PDF 1.7 marks the first time that a complete file format will be standardized. Up to now, only subsets of PDF applying to specific uses were published as ISO standards: PDF/X for Prepress (2001, 2003) and PDF/A for long-term archiving (2005).