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My takeaways from the EDC 2019 in Seattle

Dietrich von Seggern from callas software is just back from Electronic Document Conference (EDC) in Seattle. His short summary: It was a very good event and he is happy that the PDF Association decided to have it in North America …

A scene from the Electronic Document Conference.


US Access Board affirms: PDF/UA required for “modern” PDF software

Through the Section 508 regulations, the US Access Board sets accessibility policy for US federal agencies and contractor’s deliverables. “[Essentially], PDF/UA is required (as an option) for software that can create *modern and good* PDFs,” said Bruce Bailey, Accessibility IT …

Section 508 and the US Capitol building.


Why the need to redact implies using PDF

How do you redact content in HTML? The format doesn’t really include that concept. In both principle and practice, committing to a rendering is definitive; final, portable and generic; it’s what the use case demands. Redaction demands PDF.

Redacted document with the word


Powerful coexistence of AFP and PDF

The question of data exchange between print data creators and processors has been answered with PDF for the entire graphic arts industry … wait … there is actually one industry, the customer communication management (that we Germans call “output management”), …



DoJ reposts the Mueller Report

As reported within hours by Quartz, four days after its initial release and fanfare-free, the US Department of Justice re-posted the Mueller Report PDF with a few improvements. They also added a few problems that really shouldn’t be present in …

Screen shot of the cover of the Mueller Report


Even with OCR, the Mueller Report PDF isn’t fully searchable

On April 19 we published an analysis of the Mueller report PDF released by the US Department of Justice. Further analysis of the PDF file reveals an additional serious problem. Even after running OCR software, the report isn’t truly searchable. Take-aways …

Screenshot of a redacted page showing an email address missed by OCR software.


A Technical and Cultural Assessment of the Mueller Report PDF

What can we learn about the Mueller Report from the PDF file released by the Department of Justice (DoJ) on April 18, 2019? This article offers two things: a brief, high-level technical assessment of the document, and a question of …

Cover of the Mueller Report


How to convince your boss to let you attend the Electronic Document Conference

The sessions at #EDCSEATTLE2019 may be interesting and relevant, but you still have to convince your boss to let you go! A developer (we’ll call him “Sam”) just told us a story about how his conversation went with his boss. …

Shaking hands


#EDCSEATTLE2019: Let’s meet the speakers!

The educational sessions at #EDC2019 will be led by a wide range of experts from a variety of sectors. From accessibility to ZUGFeRD, there’s lots of interest for anyone working in electronic document technologies.

EDC speakers


Document management and the state of PDF support

When I’m not working for the PDF Association I still do some consulting in the document management space. Some recent conversations prompted me to revisit an assessment I wrote four years ago exploring a typical conversation between PDF technology providers and …

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