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Mission Statement: To promote Open Standards-based electronic document implementations using PDF technology through education, expertise and shared experience for stakeholders worldwide.
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Have we passed ‘peak PDF’?

How do we gain insight into how users’ views of documents are shifting? Google Trends is an increasingly interesting source of high-level marketplace data. By aggregating Google’s search data over time, reporting a term’s popularity as compared with all other searches.

Participating in the PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit

The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit’s objective is to establish a broad-based understanding of how PDF files should be tagged for accessibilty. It’s an opportunity to focus on establishing a common set of examples of accessible PDF content, and identify best-practice when tagging difficult cases.

Members supporting PDF features!

The typical adoption curve for PDF technologies until approximately 2007 tended to track with that of the original PDF developer. Since then the marketplace has shifted; it’s no longer clear that Adobe drivesPDF feature support worldwide. Accordingly, we are happy to report that adoption of PDF 2.0 continues apace, with new vendors announcing their support every month.

Modernizing PDF Techniques for Accessibility

The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit will identify best-practices in tagging various cases in PDF documents. Questions to be addressed will likely include: the legal ways to tag a nested list, the correct way to caption multiple images, the appropriate way to organize content within headings.

Refried PDF

My hospital emailed me a medical records release form as a PDF. They told me to print it, fill it, sign it, scan it and return it to the medical records department, in that order. In 2018? To get the form via email (i.e., electronically), yet be asked to print it? Did the last 20 years just… not mean anything! So I thought I’d be clever. I’d fill it first, THEN print it. Or better yet, never print it, but sign it anyhow, and return it along with a note making the case for improving their workflow. The story continues…

3 reasons web developers are attending the PDF Technical Conference 2015

HTTP, URI, HTML, CSS, PDF, DOM, JavaScript, SVG, MathML. Web browser developers might prefer HTML/CSS and JavaScript, but they have come to accept that PDF has its uses. Most browsers now support some basic PDF features natively, most notably the ability to display PDF pages and copy text from a PDF page.

This change has been profound, if little remarked-on. When once it was generally assumed that anyone viewing PDF files would do so using Adobe’s Reader, today millions of users view PDF documents many times a day in their browsers or on their phones with no Adobe software involved at all.

Why are web-developers beginning to leverage PDF, and attending the PDF Technical Conference?

Reason 1: PDF does some stuff really well that’s hard (or impossible) with HTML

From exact, portable pages to offline workflows to scanned pages to CAD drawings to invoices, to press-ready files; PDF can do a lot. It’s a solid, reliable technology for a wide variety of tasks, many of which aren’t easy or (sometimes) possible in HTML. Who wants to reinvent the wheel? The more economic activity moves online, the more PDF files move into the web.

Reason 2: Recognition that PDF is part of the web technology ecosystem

Many websites offer a “save as PDF” option for their pages, inviting their users to make their own records. Other sites provide navigation to highly-designed or regulated PDF documents, but might also like to provide the best-possible end-user experience of that content. That’s why managing the experience of PDF documents, from creation to viewing to saving offline, is making PDF part of the web developer’s skill-set.

Reason 3: Browsers now support PDF to some extent, but it’s limited, and users lose out

Let’s take one example: many PDF files include forms. Browsers that display PDF files but fail to acknowledge PDF forms are hamstringing users who have highly designed forms in their workflow. They will look for the browser that supports this PDF feature before they abandon the feature or the workflow…

Web technology sessions

A number of sessions at the PDF Technical Conference are oriented towards web technology, including:

  • Searching PDF: challenges and opportunities
  • Processing PDF forms on webservers
  • Programming for PDF using web technologies and the command-line
  • PDF toolkits for browsers
  • Transforming PDF into HTML
  • PDF documents in HTML websites across devices

“PDF-curious” web developers are welcome at the PDF Technical Conference 2015!

For developers who need to interface with PDF, a 2-day technical education conference, October 19-20, San Jose, CA


Tags: Open Web Platform, web
Categories: Collaboration, ECM