This document describes the relationship between WCAG 2.0 and ISO 14289-1:2012 (PDF/UA), the international standard for accessible PDF technology. [...]
A survey of implementation examples of PDF/A from across industries. Examines standard eBilling in banks and insurance companies, digital format sustainability in archives and libraries, and other factors in the public sector and government. [...]
inbro decided to integrate the PDF Optimization component of PDF Tools AG into their software. The high compression performance, the ability to be run on Linux and in cloud computing as well as the automation of the compression process have been of crucial importance and an imaging clipping customizing lead to further reduction of the file size. The PDF Optimization component enables the solution to efficiently produce PDF documents for several specific purposes. It allows, for example, to send small email-friendly PDF files containing just the information that is needed. In the area of web-based publication it creates lean files optimized for screen display, whose first page is displayed even before the complete file has been downloaded. [...]
The use of PDF/A in government is highly dependent on the type of public or government agency. PDF/A can be meaningfully applied in agencies when digital or digitized records have to be retained. Typical examples are proposals, construction records and legal notifications. [...]
Topics include PDF/A in use, including both in businesses and educational institutions, and administrations and public authorities. The University of Potsdam, for example, uses PDF/A as their long-term archiving format for scientific work and dissertations. They also make “very good” rated bachelor and masters work available on their publications server uniformly in PDF/A format. In businesses, the PDF/A standard plays a vital role, especially in the area of electronic document transmission. [...]
The normal retention period in health care is 30 years. In addition to classical documents, other objects like x-rays must often also be archived. And for reasons of legal security, electronic signatures play an important role. In the area of digital patient files, scanning to PDF/A is a viable option, where coloured images and full-text search are amongst the main benefits. The required electronic signatures can then be embedded in PDF/A format. [...]
Credit and insurance files often have a lifetime of fifty years or more. Electronic archiving based on PDF/A is drawing more and more attention – not only for newly archived files but also for existing documents. The standardized PDF/A format offers valuable benefits for both reproducibility and searching. [...]
Special measures are required for “long-term archiving” of both hardware and software, and PDF/A can fulfill many of the requirements for software and file formats. Archives are typically receivers of documents, and from their point of view it would be optimal when the files they receive are already in PDF/A format. This can be achieved through proper communication and organisation with the suppliers. There are many PDF/A scanning solutions that can applied when existing documents in an archive are to be converted into electronic format. For files that are delivered in other electronic formats, numerous tools are offered for converting to PDF/A. It may also be desired to archive both the original format (e.g. Microsoft Word) as well as a PDF/A version of the document.