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PDF 2.0 Application Note 002: Associated Files

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The Associated Files feature allows PDF writers to provide additional information about files related to a PDF file in a standardized and therefore machine-readable manner.



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PDF/UA Reference Suite

Test suite

The PDF/UA Reference Suite is a resource for software developers and practitioners interested in best-practices for creating tagged and accessible …



PDF Day 2014 (DC and NY): Session Recordings

Video

In late 2014, over two days in Washington DC and New York City over 20 experts came together to offer …



The Matterhorn Protocol 1.02

Best practice

To promote adoption of PDF/UA by software developers and document testers alike, the PDF Association’s PDF/UA Competence Center developed the …



PDF/A-1 Technical Notes – Origins

Technical notes

Prior to development of the Isartor Test Suite, the PDF/A Competence Center Technical Working Group (TWG) led the way in …



PDF/VT (Flyer)

Flyer

In August 2010, following three years of global collaboration by industry leaders, the International Standards Organization published the specification for …



PDF Association flyers (English)

Flyer

Download “Promoting ISO Standards for PDF Technology” Download “ISO 19005: A Series of Standards for Long-term Digital Archiving” Download “ISO …



Cal Poly Graphic Communications PDF/VT Test File Suite –1.0.1

Test suite

The Cal Poly Graphic Communications PDF/VT Test File Suite provides a collection of four sets of graphically-rich, robust, valid PDF/VT files for …



PDF Day 2013 (Seattle): Session Recordings

Video

PDF Day events consist of a number of strictly educational (no product pitches allowed) presentations. The video recordings are now …



PDF/UA in a Nutshell

Educational

ISO 14289-1, more commonly known as PDF/UA, was first published in the summer of 2012 as the first complete definition …



PDF/A in a Nutshell 2.0

Educational

PDF/A is an ISO standard for using the PDF format for long-term archiving of digital documents. Since its publication in …



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