- 20 Years of PDF
- New Assistant to the Board
2013: 20 Years of PDF
Happy Holidays from the PDF Association!
The 20th anniversary of the release of the PDF file-format was a busy year for the PDF Association!
While PDF standards development itself took several steps forward, demand for information about ISO standards for PDF technology is also clearly on the rise. Governments are clearly increasingly interested in standards-based technologies; we’re also seeing increased interest in finance and other sectors as well.
To help meet the need the PDF Association in 2013 conducted a number of activities to enhance understanding of PDF technology among customers and implementers alike.
PDF/A and PDF/UA in a Nutshell
Building on the first book’s success with PDF/A-1, PDF/A in a Nutshell 2.0 now covers the whole PDF/A family including PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3. The book provides numerous examples and perspective from eight years of experience implementing PDF/A-1.
A new publication, PDF/UA in a Nutshell provides an authoritative background, technical introduction and practical overview of the new ISO standard for accessible PDF technology.
Both Nutshell books are available in English and German.
Technical Conferences in Königswinter and Seattle
To celebrate 20 years of PDF technology, the PDF Association hosted two Technical Conferences in 2013; the first in Germany’s Rhineland and the second in Seattle, in the USA.
These popular events provided an excellent opportunity for PDF developers to learn about the latest developments in PDF standards development, discuss technical questions and concerns and exchange ideas with experts from all over the world.
While many PDF Association members either presented or attended the conferences, the presentations and videos were made available to PDF Association members who could not attend.
PDF 2.0 and the PDF Association’s new TWG
ISO’s TC 171 SC2 WG8, the Committee for ISO 32000, is hard at work on ISO 32000-2. Earlier this month the ISO Committee spent two days in New York City processing hundreds of comments and numerous ad hoc committee reports. Publication of PDF 2.0 is expected sometime in 2015.
Responding to these developments the PDF Association has started the PDF Technical Working Group, chaired by Levigo’s François Fernandès. This Group is actively discussing technical questions and approaches to ISO 32000, member’s comments about the PDF 2.0 Committee Draft, the increasingly popular subject of file-format validation, and more.
PDF/A-3 Gains Early Traction
As one of the first use cases, PDF/A-3 was implemented in Germany’s ZUGFeRD electronic invoicing standard. This data model for electronic invoice exchange between suppliers and customers uses PDF/A-3 as the transmission format to deliver an archive-ready image of an invoice together with corresponding machine-readable data.
As government and business increase the depth of their commitment to electronic records-management systems we expect to see many more such applications in which the power and flexibility of self-contained content is leveraged to deliver solutions for enterprise content applications.
The PDF Association continues to support education about PDF/A via seminars, webinars, publications and by other means.
Promoting PDF/UA: The Matterhorn Protocol and More
First published in 2012, this new PDF Standard is attracting interest because it provides definitive specifications for creating accessible electronic documents, including conformance with WCAG 2.0. Several PDF Association members already support PDF/UA; many others are working on it.
To promote adoption of PDF/UA, in 2013 the PDF Association’s PDF/UA Competence Center published the Matterhorn Protocol, a comprehensive algorithm to aide developers considering or implementing PDF/UA conformance options in their software.
The PDF Association has continued to support and promote diverse projects furthering uptake of PDF/UA including the NVDA goes PDF/UA project and Access for All’s PDF Accessibility Checker “PAC 2.0”. With new, and ambiguous, government regulations coming into effect over the next few years, many members are utilizing PDF Association publications and education to help their customers understand that PDF can be just as accessible as HTML.
The PDF Association now boasts a wide range of informational leaflets about PDF, PDF/A, PDF/UA, the PDF Association and more in both English and German. These are available (in reasonable quantity) to PDF Association members at no charge for distribution to customers, at trade-shows and in other venues.
Activities of the Board
The PDF Association’s leadership is frequently solicited for input by government agencies around the world on the development of new regulations and best practices for information management and document archiving. We’ve been working hard to promote understanding of PDF’s value, awareness of PDF’s features and implementation of PDF-based electronic document applications throughout industry and government worldwide.
In some cases we help ensure technical accuracy in documents we’re asked to review. In others we’ve supplied impartial advice to help agencies or their vendors understand various aspects of PDF and ISO standards for PDF. We’ve lead seminars and participated in webinars and other educational events hosted by PDF Association members. Get in touch with any of the Board members to learn more.
Looking Forward to 2014
We expect 2014 to be just as busy as 2013, and probably, busier! The PDF Association has welcomed a new Assistant to the Board, Matthias Wagner, who will be working to help members get the most from the PDF Association. We’re working on an events schedule now, with some exciting possibilities under discussion in both the United States and Europe. Stay tuned!
New Assistant to the Board
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
About the PDF Association
The PDF Association is geared towards developers of PDF solutions; companies that work with PDF in document management systems (DMS) and electronic content management (ECM), interested individuals, and users who want to implement PDF technology in their organizations. Although the Association’s original members were predominantly from German-speaking countries, the PDF Association now boasts members from over 20 countries worldwide.
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