This change has been profound, if little remarked-on. When once it was generally assumed that anyone viewing PDF files would do so using Adobes Reader, today millions of users view PDF documents many times a day in their browsers or on their phones with no Adobe software involved at all.
Why are web-developers beginning to leverage PDF, and attending the PDF Technical Conference?
From exact, portable pages to offline workflows to scanned pages to CAD drawings to invoices, to press-ready files; PDF can do a lot. Its a solid, reliable technology for a wide variety of tasks, many of which arent easy or (sometimes) possible in HTML. Who wants to reinvent the wheel? The more economic activity moves online, the more PDF files move into the web.
Many websites offer a save as PDF option for their pages, inviting their users to make their own records. Other sites provide navigation to highly-designed or regulated PDF documents, but might also like to provide the best-possible end-user experience of that content. Thats why managing the experience of PDF documents, from creation to viewing to saving offline, is making PDF part of the web developers skill-set.
Lets take one example: many PDF files include forms. Browsers that display PDF files but fail to acknowledge PDF forms are hamstringing users who have highly designed forms in their workflow. They will look for the browser that supports this PDF feature before they abandon the feature or the workflow...
A number of sessions at the PDF Technical Conference are oriented towards web technology, including:
PDF-curious web developers are welcome at the PDF Technical Conference 2015!
The staff of the PDF Association are dedicated to delivering the information, services and value the members have come to expect. Staff members of the PDF Association include: Alexandra Oettler (Editor) Betsy Fanning (Standards Director) Duff Johnson (Chief Executive Officer) Matthias Wagner (Operations Director) Nicole Gauger (Editor) Peter Wyatt (Chief Technology Officer) Thomas Zellmann (PDF Evangelist)