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Announcing PDF Declarations

PDF Association staff // September 5, 2019

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The cover of PDF DeclarationsToday the PDF Association publishes a new feature for PDF: a standardized mechanism allowing authors to define and share their own document profiles leveraging PDF technology.

ISO-standardized subsets of PDF such as PDF/A, PDF/UA and PDF/X already include identification mechanisms. However, in many cases users of PDF files would like to include a portable, machine-readable statement about the document such as:

  • Adherence to accessibility or other specifications (e.g., WCAG 2.1)
  • Expectations for content (e.g., that all images use a specific encoding)
  • A policy statement regarding document content (e.g., pertaining to privacy regulations)
  • Profile PDF for specific purposes (e.g., as an email archive)

The PDF Declarations mechanism provides a means of including metadata asserting the file's conformance or use of some 3rd party specification or profile that may or may not be related to PDF technology. The 3rd party specification or profile may describe or require properties specific to some or all of the content in the PDF document.

Of course, the mere presence of a PDF Declaration does not provide any guarantee, but it does offer authors and vendors with an easy means of leveraging common understandings about a given set or type of PDF documents.

Anyone can make their own PDF Declaration, but only published Declarations can provide interoperability between systems. The PDF Association considers defining new "official" PDF Declarations on request. Contact declarations@pdfa.org for more information.

Download PDF Declarations today!


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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The PDF Association is the meeting-place of the PDF industry. 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: Duff Johnson (Executive Director) Thomas Zellmann (Managing Director) Matthias Wagner (Operations Director) Alexandra Oettler (Editor) Nicole Gauger (Editor)

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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PDF Association staff

The PDF Association is the meeting-place of the PDF industry. The staff of the PDF Association are dedicated to delivering …

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