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The PDF Association publishes a variety of documents and other resources to help developers, product managers, and others interested in leveraging PDF to meet their business and organizational objectives.

Most publications listed on pdfa.org are developed through our publications process, and are freely available to members and non-members alike.

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PDF Declarations

PDF in general

ISO-standardized subsets of PDF such as PDF/A, PDF/UA and PDF/X already include identification mechanisms. However, in many cases users of PDF files would like to leverage 3rd party standards or …

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Current ISO work related to PDF

This resource is intended to help implementers stay current on ISO committee work pertaining to PDF technology. It is updated regularly.

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Normative references of ISO 32000-2:202x

To help implementers stay current the PDF Association maintains a page of links to current versions of documents normatively referenced from ISO 32000-2:202x.

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ISO 19593-1 (PDF Processing Steps)

With PDF Processing Steps standardization, packaging and pro workflow components may be shared language-independent, vendor-neutral way, including specifications for cutting, varnishing, embossing, adding braille and other post-print operations right in the PDF.

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ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0)

ISO 32000-2 is the first PDF specification developed within the ISO working-group structure. It includes numerous new features, rewritten clauses, corrections, clarifications and much more.

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Adobe documents referenced from ISO 32000-2:2017

A number of documents, originally published by Adobe Systems, are normatively referenced from ISO 32000-2:2017. Adobe has made these documents freely available, and has asked the PDF Association to host them.

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ISO 14289 (PDF/UA)

The accessibility of an electronic document is dependent on the inclusion of a variety of semantic information such as (but not limited to) machine-recoverable text presented in a declared language, logical structure of content, and organization of that content in …

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ISO 24517 (PDF/E)

ISO 24517 defines a file format for the exchange of engineering documents based on the PDF format. It is a multi-part standard with subsequent parts expected to address future workflow and data requirements. PDF/E improves document exchange, collaboration, and print accuracy within …

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ISO 32000-1 (PDF 1.7)

ISO 32000-1 is the first ISO specification for PDF. The document is an ISO formalization of Adobe’s own PDF Reference 1.7, and is technically identical to the Adobe document. On submission of PDF 1.7 to ISO for standardization in 2007, …

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ISO 19005 (PDF/A)

The primary purpose of ISO 19005 is to define a file format based on PDF, known as PDF/A, which provides a mechanism for representing electronic documents in a manner that preserves their static visual appearance over time, independent of the …

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