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PDF 2.0: The worldwide standard for electronic documents has evolved

PDF 2.0: The worldwide standard for electronic documents has evolved

The Portable Document Format is perhaps the most common example of a de facto standard, so much so that Wikipedia features PDF on its "de facto standards" page. From Ethernet and 802.11 to HTTP and CSS, the modern computing stack consists of hundreds of standards. The way in which PDF exemplifies the specific value of standards is almost unique, for PDF’s value proposition – the reason why PDF is today’s worldwide de facto standard for electronic documents – is the fact of standardization itself.
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The meeting-place of the PDF industry

The meeting-place of the PDF industry

The place to be if you work with PDF.
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PDF: the de facto document technology

PDF: the de facto document technology

The Portable Document Format (commonly known as “PDF”) is a file format developed in the early 1990s as a way to share computer documents, including text formatting and inline images.
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The PDF Association is…

an initiative of the Association for Digital Document Standards (ADDS) e.V., founded in September 2006.

The association is geared towards developers of PDF solutions; companies that work with PDF in document management systems (DMS) and electronic content management (ECM), interested individuals, and users who want to implement PDF technology in their organizations. The PDF Association now includes members from over 20 countries world-wide.

Mission Statement

Beginning in 2006 with the PDF/A Competence Center, the PDF Association exists to provide software vendors with information and resources on the various International Standards for PDF to help them make the most of their investment in PDF technology.

As adopted by the Board in January, 2011, the Mission of the PDF Association is this:

To promote Open Standards-based electronic document implementations using PDF technology through education, expertise and shared experience for stakeholders worldwide.

Recent articles
A montage of accessibility checklists.

PDF/UA, like PDF itself, is internally complex, but used correctly, actually makes things easier.

June 8, 2018

Matt Kuznicki

Catherine Andersz of PDFTron Systems, Alaine Behler of iText Software and Peter Wyatt, ISO Project Leader for ISO 32000 enrich the newly elected board of the PDF Association.

June 7, 2018

Plenum at the PDF Days Europe 2018

Richard Cohn, Principal Scientist at Adobe and the co-author of PDF 1.0, gave the opening keynote at the PDF Days Europe 2018.

May 29, 2018

René Treuber, Product Manager of axaio software, will be hosting a presentation titled “Introducing ISO standards for PDF “processing steps” and “print product metadata”” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this Interview he gives some background information about it.

May 7, 2018

Upcoming events
DocEng 2018 logo

The 18th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng 2018) focuses on the design, implementation, development, management, use and evaluation of systems in which documents and document collections play a key role. Attendees at this international foru …

August 28, 2018

iPres 2018 logo

iPRES is the premier conference series on digital preservation. Since 2004, iPRES conferences have met annually around the globe on four continents. iPres brings together 300-400 scientists, students, researchers, archivists, librarians, providers, and …

September 24, 2018

callas software

The VIP Event is an educational event organized by axaio software, callas software and Four Pees. It is an open event and a great opportunity for anyone who wants to acquire in-depth knowledge of and hands-on experience in callas pdfToolbox, pdfaPilot or pdfChip.

November 12, 2018

In December, 2018 the ISO committees for PDF, PDF/A and PDF/UA will gather in Edinburgh, Scotland for four days of meetings to advance each of these standards. The following committees will meet: ISO 32000 / PDF (WG 8) Work: Continued review of errata …

December 3, 2018

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