PDF/UA in a Nutshell

Accessible documents with PDF

PDF/UA in a Nutshell is now available as an ebook! Click here for details.

ISO standard 14289-1, known as PDF/UA, was first published in the summer of 2012. It is the first complete definition of a set of requirements for universally accessible PDF documents. Rather than applying to the PDF file format alone, these clear specifications also define compliant assistive technology and PDF reading software.

In signing the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons, many countries have chosen to work towards building a more inclusive society. They are now required to turn these inclusive principles into a reality on the national level and to remove existing barriers to social inclusion. One key area of activity here is in access to information and communications in the form of documents – a subject which PDF/UA now stands to greatly simplify.

“PDF/UA in a Nutshell” will show you just what PDF/UA is. This brochure provides a clear summary of the key facts, the standard’s requirements, the latest developments and the current legal situation regarding PDF accessibility, all in one place. In addition, it suggests potential applications for the standard and lists the tools that can be used to create and validate PDF/UA-compliant documents.


PDF/UA in a Nutshell is now available as an ebook!
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Author: Olaf Drümmer; Bettina Chang

About PDF/UA Competence Center

The PDF/UA Competence Center focuses on developing a specification for accessible PDF, in particular ensuring conforming PDF files are accessible and usable to all, including those who use assistive technology.

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