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Mission Statement: To promote Open Standards-based electronic document implementations using PDF technology through education, expertise and shared experience for stakeholders worldwide.
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Have we passed ‘peak PDF’?

How do we gain insight into how users’ views of documents are shifting? Google Trends is an increasingly interesting source of high-level marketplace data. By aggregating Google’s search data over time, reporting a term’s popularity as compared with all other searches.

Participating in the PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit

The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit’s objective is to establish a broad-based understanding of how PDF files should be tagged for accessibilty. It’s an opportunity to focus on establishing a common set of examples of accessible PDF content, and identify best-practice when tagging difficult cases.

Members supporting PDF features!

The typical adoption curve for PDF technologies until approximately 2007 tended to track with that of the original PDF developer. Since then the marketplace has shifted; it’s no longer clear that Adobe drivesPDF feature support worldwide. Accordingly, we are happy to report that adoption of PDF 2.0 continues apace, with new vendors announcing their support every month.

Modernizing PDF Techniques for Accessibility

The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit will identify best-practices in tagging various cases in PDF documents. Questions to be addressed will likely include: the legal ways to tag a nested list, the correct way to caption multiple images, the appropriate way to organize content within headings.

Refried PDF

My hospital emailed me a medical records release form as a PDF. They told me to print it, fill it, sign it, scan it and return it to the medical records department, in that order. In 2018? To get the form via email (i.e., electronically), yet be asked to print it? Did the last 20 years just… not mean anything! So I thought I’d be clever. I’d fill it first, THEN print it. Or better yet, never print it, but sign it anyhow, and return it along with a note making the case for improving their workflow. The story continues…

5 reasons why those implementing electronic document technologies should attend PDF Days Europe

PDF Days Europe 2018PDF is used in almost every significant organization worldwide. From desktop documents to content management systems to transactions, an enormous proportion of modern business activity uses PDF technology in one way or another.

PDF may be commonplace, but leveraging PDF for maximum capability and efficiency in business operations is not.

PDF Days Europe, the annual PDF technology education event, will take place from 14 to 16 May 2018 in Berlin at the Hotel Steglitz International. Of the many good reasons for users to participate, here are five of the best:

  • This year’s PDF Days Europe includes a track dedicated to users, with user reports and practical solutions for business processes.
  • PDF Days Europe brings the PDF industry together, so it’s possible to learn about and compare different solutions easily and effectively. The “race against the clock” session on May 15 is an always-popular event at which vendors must present their solutions in just five minutes.
  • PDF Days participants include not only users but also developers, vendors, service-providers, consultants and academic experts. It’s an ideal platform for making interesting and useful contacts.
  • From education on meeting accessibility obligations to real-world success stories, users receive direct recommendations for action which they can implement in their everyday life. In addition to the User-focused track during May 14-15, the Post Conference on 16 May features best-practice guidance on accessible document authoring and other subjects.
  • Breathing the proverbial Berlin air can be really inspiring. Berlin is not only the capital of Germany, but also an attractive, easily accessible business and technology location and a symbol of successful change and diversity.

View the detailed PDF Days programme at pdfa.org, and sign up today!


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