PDF Declarations


In many cases, users of PDF files wish to leverage profiles of PDF to meet specific needs.

The primary purpose of the PDF Declarations specification is to define how to represent a machine-readable declaration of adherence to a specific profile of PDF in a manner that is easily processed, even by non-PDF processors.

The PDF Association will consider new PDF Declaration definitions on request. Contact declarations@pdfa.org for more information. 

Definition

PDF Declarations are defined by the PDF Declarations specification, a publication of the PDF Association.

Below is a list of industry-agreed PDF Declarations. This list is not exhaustive, but only PDF Declarations listed on this page are likely to be application-independent.

Industry-agreed Declarations

Accessibility

WCAG 2.1 Level A

The author of a PDF file including this PDF Declaration is asserting that the document conforms to the WCAG 2.1 Level A specification.

Based on "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 at https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/"

URI identifier https://pdfa.org/declarations#wcag21A
Mandatory field(s) claimDate
Standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
Version 2.1
URI https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/
Level Conformance Level A
Technology reliance ISO 32000

WCAG 2.1 Level AA

The author of a PDF file including this PDF Declaration is asserting that the document conforms to the WCAG 2.1 Level AA specification.

Based on "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 at https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/"

URI identifier https://pdfa.org/declarations#wcag21AA
Mandatory field(s) claimDate
Standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
Version 2.1
URI https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/
Level Conformance Level AA
Technology reliance ISO 32000

WCAG 2.1 Level AAA

The author of a PDF file including this PDF Declaration is asserting that the document conforms to the WCAG 2.1 Level AAA specification.

Based on "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 at https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/"

URI identifier https://pdfa.org/declarations#wcag21AAA
Mandatory field(s) claimDate
Standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
Version 2.1
URI https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/
Level Conformance Level AAA
Technology reliance ISO 32000

Privacy

HIPAA-safe

The author of a PDF file including this PDF Declaration is asserting that the document does not contain information covered by HIPAA privacy regulations.

URI identifier https://pdfa.org/declarations#hipaa-safe
Mandatory field(s) claimDate
Standard HIPAA
Version n/a
URI  
Level n/a
Technology reliance n/a

Example Declaration

A document including a PDF Declaration of conformance with WCAG 2.1 Level AA might represent such a PDF Declaration with the following XMP metadata:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:pdfd="http://pdfa.org/declarations">
  <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.w3.org/">
    <pdfd:pdfds>
      <rdf:Bag>
        <!-- Declaration for WCAG 2.1 Level AA -->
        <rdf:li rdf:parseType="Resource">
          <pdfd:pdfd rdf:parseType="Resource">
            <pdfd:declaration rdf:parseType="Resource">
              <dc:conformsTo></dc:conformsTo>
            </pdfd:declaration>
            <!-- Optional entries permitted by the Declaration mechanism -->
            <pdfd:claimDeclaration rdf:parseType="Resource">
              <pdfd:claimBy>Company Y</pdfd:claimBy>
              <pdfd:claimDate>2017-02-17</pdfd:claimDate>
              <pdfd:claimCredentials>DEF</pdfd:claimCredentials>
              <pdfd:claimReport></pdfd:claimReport>
            </pdfd:claimDeclaration>
          </pdfd:pdfd>
        </rdf:li>
      </rdf:Bag>
    </pdfd:pdfds>
  </rdf:Description>
</rdf:RDF>


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