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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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Isartor Test Suite

The Isartor Test Suite is named after the location of the first meeting of the Technical Working Group, a medieval gate towards the river Isar in the center of Munich/Germany. This test suite comprises a set of files which can …

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Digital preservation and nuclear disaster (animation)

“Team Digital Preservation” saves the world from nuclear disaster.

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The PDF/A family

What are the requirements, conformance levels and timelines associated with implementing PDF/A, the industry standard for archiving PDFs for long-term preservation? That was the topic assigned to Global Graphics’ CTO Martin Bailey, the UK’s primary expert on PDF/A for the …

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4th International PDF/A Conference Proceedings

Contents What you need to know about PDF/A and PDF/A-2 Legal Certainty Accessibility and Metadata Archives & Libraries Public Administration Business to Consumer The Portable Document Format – developed by Adobe Systems and first published in 1993 – offers a …

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Introducción al PDF/A (Español)

El PDF/A es el PDF para el archivado a largo plazo. El PDF/A que fue aprobado a finales de 2005, es el primer formato de archivo que ya es un estándar ISO, garantiza que los documentos que se crean hoy, …

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The PDF/A elevator pitch

The “PDF/A Elevator Pitch” gives a short introduction of PDF/A. http://youtu.be/fsBWB5DSwG4

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PDF/A kompakt

PDF/A is the PDF for the long-term archiving. PDF/A – adopted in late 2005 – is the first file format as an ISO standard guarantees that are now open documents created in the future and use. “PDF / A 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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Technical Note 0009: XMP Extension Schemas in PDF/A-1

This TechNote explains how to construct an XMP extension schema for PDF/A-1. It complements TechNote 0008: Predefined XMP Properties in PDF/A-1. Both TechNotes should be used in combination as follows: If metadata requirements for PDF/A-1 documents arise, first consult the …

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