Improved PDF/A-1b

The idea behind an ‘improved’ PDF/A-1b is to enhance the conformance level by encompassing the advantages of Unicode. Unicode is obligatory only in PDF/A-1a, but that does not rule out the voluntary usage of Unicode in PDF/A-1b. A new compliance level would give users a better overview of their options. In addition to compliance levels A and B, PDF/A-2, which is currently being compiled, will also include PDF/A-2u (’u’ for Unicode). [...]

Processing PDF/A Documents

A thorough understanding of the PDF/A standard is a prerequisite for the creation of PDF/A-compliant documents, and also for displaying them in accordance with the standard. This knowledge alone is however insufficient for optimally configuring PDF/A-related processes. Would you like to learn about typical processes can be designed, in order that components that are available on the market today can be used to achieve an optimal cost / benefit relationship? [...]

Validating PDF/A

Conformance to PDF/A involves not only the requirements in the ISO standard itself, but also in the secondary specifications. Currently there exists no implementation that can be used as a reference (documented or software). The PDF/A-1a standard distinguishes itself through more detailed requirements than PDF/A-1b. PDF/A-1a requires amongst other things „tagged” PDF and Unicode. If you would like to learn more about conformance and the PDF/A Competence Center’s plan to develop a test suite, please read on.

PDF/A conformance requires a significant effort from the producers of PDF software. [...]

PDF/A and Colors

This article deals with color spaces, ICC profiles and output intents. If you would like to learn more about color, it provides several user examples based on Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional, but there are also numerous other PDF/A tools that are not mentioned here. [...]

PDF/A – A New Standard for Long-Term Archiving

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. [...]

Isartor Test Suite

This test suite comprises a set of files which can be used to check the conformance of software regarding the PDF/A-1 standard. More precisely, the Isartor test suite can be used to “validate the validators”: It deliberately violates the requirements of PDF/A-1 in a systematic way in order to check whether PDF/A-1 validation software actually finds the violations. [...]

Isartor Test Suite (Terms of Use & Download)

The Isartor test suite is available from 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.

DMS EXPO: PDF/A Competence Center Shares Standards Information for Complete Approach to Content and Document Management

Information on International Standards for PDF, including PDF/A for archiving and PDF/VT for variable data and transactional printing, and how they contribute to a holistic approach for enterprise content, output and document management.. Do you know all you need to about these emerging standards? [...]

PDF/A-2 Standard Published by ISO! The New Standard Includes Great Technical Enhancements. Free Informative Webinar to Be Scheduled!

The International Standards Organization (ISO) has published the second part of the PDF/A standard in the form of ISO 19005-2.PDF/A-2 allows JPEG2000 compression, supports transparency effects and layers, embedding of OpenType fonts, and digital signatures. It also allows archiving of sets of documents as individual documents in one file. Would you like to attend one of our free webinars? [...]

Section 508 Now 10 Years Old!

Millions of US citizens use assistive technology (AT) to read electronic content. A decade ago, the US Federal government’s Section 508 regulations, designed to ensure equal access to information, went into effect. 10 years later, it’s time to reflect, both on how far we’ve come and on some of the little surprises along the way. [...]