Specialist ISO standards based on the Portable Document Format are available for a wide range of purposes. [...]
Digital documents are increasingly replacing traditional paper documents. Existing paper documents are being scanned and digitised, while digital-only processes are becoming more and more common – and PDF/A is at the very forefront of this trend. [...]
Businesses benefit from the ISO standard for long-term archiving because it helps them to store digital documents in compliance with legal requirements. PDF/A-3 has further increased adoption rates within the financial sector, as this new part of the standard can also be used to keep source documents organised.
Many government authorities and public institutions worldwide now specify formats to use for digital data. Government offices often recommend that working documents use open file formats. More and more often, PDF/A is the only format accepted for final-version files. [...]
It is not always easy to tell at first glance whether an existing PDF file actually meets the ISO’s PDF/A standard. To be absolutely certain, you can perform a validation check which examines all relevant parts of a document. [...]
PDF/A documents can be created in a variety of ways. This section will sketch out just a few typical approaches. [...]
The PDF/A standard has proved its suitability for a wide variety of tasks. Here we can show you just a few brief practical examples. [...]
The PDF/A standard offers practical solutions for a wide variety of tasks, bringing advantages to many areas of application. [...]