PDF/A and the other PDF standards

Specialist ISO standards based on the Portable Document Format are available for a wide range of purposes. [...]

What the users and experts say

Experts and users talk about their experiences with PDF/A. [...]

PDF/A in legislation and justice

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. [...]

PDF/A in finance and industry

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.

PDF/A in public administration

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. [...]

Validation: Is it really PDF/A?

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 creation tools

PDF/A documents can be created in a variety of ways. This section will sketch out just a few typical approaches. [...]

Typical uses for PDF/A

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 most important reasons to use PDF/A

The PDF/A standard offers practical solutions for a wide variety of tasks, bringing advantages to many areas of application. [...]

The technical side of the PDF/A standard

After the first part of PDF/A was published, two more parts arrived. [...]