“PDF week” is an informal name for a meeting of ISO Committees that operate and develop several international standards for everyone’s favorite file format. These meetings generally happen twice a year and are the opportunity to decide the future course of standards related to PDF. Are you interested in attending the meeting? [...]
PDF/A Competence Center Expands to PDF Association to Cover ALL Open International Standards for PDF!
The PDF/A Competence Center is now part of a larger organization dedicated to promoting International Standards for PDF. As the PDF Association, numerous world-leading companies and experts in PDF technology will exchange information and experiences about all PDF standards, including PDF/A, PDF/VT, PDF/UA and more. [...]
As the complexity of the individual electronic archiving formats increases, the requirements for the structure and completeness of the documents must be adjusted accordingly and realized consistently. The aim is to ensure that you can reproduce these documents even after a long time. It only becomes clear at the time of the reproduction whether the criteria for a successful reproduction were also consistently implemented and realized. What are the criteria in this case? [...]
ISO 19005-1 defines “a file format based on PDF, known as PDF/A, which provides a mechanism for representing electronic documents in a manner that preserves their visual appearance over time, independent of the tools and systems used for creating, storing or rendering the files.” (from ISO 19005-1). The Standard does not define an archiving strategy or the goals of an archiving system. It identifies a “profile” for electronic documents that ensures the documents can be reproduced in years to come. [...]
The Isartor test suite is available from www.pdfa.org free of charge. It can be used to check PDF validation software and software vendors can use it to “certify” that their products conform in full or in part to the Isartor test suite. A detailed list of test results must be made available as part of the declaration.
An article by Marcus Schneider, SNIA Europe Board member, and Director of Product Marketing at Fujitsu for Storage Solutions, on the The Register website discusses role of PDF in “Retaining 100 years of information”. Schneider clearly concludes that it is essential to “Use widely-understood (and used) standards”. [...]