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…
The PDF Association engages in many activities as it follows its mission of promoting the adoption of ISO standardized PDF technology around the world.
Some of the most important work we do involves providing information and resources to government agencies and regulators to help them develop reference materials, guidelines, regulations and laws.
Government agencies have a special interest in PDF technology for a variety of reasons.
Government agencies already create, distribute, capture and retain PDF format documents on an industrial scale, and they did so long before the PDF Association came into existence. So what can we add?
From the beginning, PDF was engineered to achieve cross-platform, self-contained reliability. In other words, it was engineered to be something a community could support. Today, this reality is visible in the deep and wide range of PDF software products from thousands of vendors across the globe.
With most major PDF producers as members, the PDF Association can claim substantial representation of the industry, and the organization is undoubtedly influential. Lets review some examples:
The PDF Association is taking on more missions than ever before. The veraPDF project to develop an industry-accepted, open-source PDF/A validator is nearing completion based on a consensual process that began 10 years ago with the PDF/A Competence Center. veraPDF is being closely watched by government, archival and academic institutions worldwide; all indications are that interest is growing as the software and test-suite mature.
Today, PDFs vital role as the electronic document format of record is unchallenged, but the real story is what happens tomorrow. Heres what we can look forward to:
PDF remains the indispensable file format for business and government because it is uniquely suited to cases where reliable, cross-platform, self-contained documents are either required or desirable. As part of its mission to drive awareness of PDFs capabilities and the value of ISO standardization of PDF technology, the PDF Association will continue to interact with and advise government and regulatory agencies worldwide as they develop policies for the management of electronic documents.