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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…

Slides and video recordings of PDF Days Europe 2018

You missed the PDF Days Europe 2018? Never mind! Here you can find the slides and video recordings of all 32 stunning sessions!

Using PDF/UA in accessibility checklists

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

PDF Association expands its board of directors

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.

DMS EXPO: PDF Association to advise on new uses for PDF/A

Berlin, 17. September 2012. This year, visitors to the DMS EXPO will once again find a comprehensive range of information about the PDF/A standard for quality-controlling and archiving electronic documents. Part 2 (PDF/A-2), published last year, is already a key component in many long-term archiving projects. Very soon, PDF/A-3 will be published by the ISO. At the DMS EXPO, PDF Association members will give a number of speeches and presentations to demonstrate what these different parts of PDF/A mean and their potential uses. They will also be available to answer questions about PDF/A at their stands around the show.

The DMS EXPO, the leading trade show for enterprise content management, will take place in Stuttgart from the 23rd to the 25th of October 2012.

This year’s DMS EXPO and IT & Business trade shows share the slogan, “Where IT works”. Visitors to the double show will discover how to further automate and optimise their IT-based processes. The right choice of document format forms a basis here for increasing the efficiency of associated processes and business departments. “For example, businesses that hold their archives in PDF/A format can access their documents much more easily,” said Thomas Zellmann, Managing Director of the PDF Association. “And the second and soon-to-be-published third parts of PDF/A provide additional options which will have an immediate effect on business processes.” For example, PDF/A-2 allows so-called “containers”, which means users can bring multiple PDF/A documents together into a single electronic portfolio – a PDF Collection. PDF/A-3 goes a step further, allowing you to contain files of any type into a PDF/A file. This means, for example, that original data such as XML and CAD files (among others) can be embedded within a PDF/A file and archived as a single, complete item. A practical example of this would be the German official register of births, marriages and deaths, where signed XML files need to be archived as machine-readable master versions, along with a visual PDF/A document – for a birth certificate, for example.

PDF/A-related presentations will be on offer on all three days of the DMS EXPO in the VOI Forum (Hall 5, Stand A53). On the 23rd of October at 3:30pm, visitors can get an overview and an introduction to the different parts of PDF/A, titled “PDF/A – 1, 2, and now 3 already?!”. On the 24th of October at 2:30pm, a presentation will discuss the challenges involved during mass server-side conversion of a range of source formats to PDF/A. And on the 25th of October from 11:00am onwards, the focus will be on email archiving with PDF/A.

In addition, a set of three PDF/A presentations will be held in the BITKOM Forum at 12:00. The first will discuss new ways of using metadata with PDF/A. At 1:00pm, it will be time to prove how PDF/A improves the quality of files in ECM environments. A presentation titled “Hybrid archiving with PDF/A” will complete the programme of information on offer at the DMS EXPO.

Members of the PDF Association that will be attending DMS EXPO 2012:

ABBYY Europe GmbH: Halle 5, Stand B11
callas software GmbH: Halle 5, Stand C71
Compart AG: Halle 5, Stand B71
icon Systemhaus GmbH: Halle 5, Stand C53
InovoOlution GmbH: Halle 5, Stand C53
Janich & Klass GmbH: Halle 5, Stand C38
levigo solutions GmbH: Halle 5, Stand C53
LuraTech Europe GmbH: Halle 5, Stand B52
microform GmbH: Halle 5, Stand C38
OPTIMAL SYSTEMS GmbH: Halle 5, Stand E32
PDF Tools AG: Halle 5, Stand B78
SEAL Systems AG: Halle 5, Stand C71
SRZ GmbH & Co.KG: Halle 5, Stand B51
Zöller & Partner GmbH: Halle 5, Stand C55

About the PDF Association:

Formerly known as the PDF/A Competence Center, the PDF Association is an international organization promoting awareness and adoption of open standards in digital document applications using PDF technology.

The association facilitates networking and communication, and the sharing of expertise and experience with interested parties worldwide. The current membership includes over 100 enterprises and numerous individual subject-matter experts from more than 20 countries.

The management board includes industry leaders from callas software GmbH, Compart AG, Crawford Technologies Inc., intarsys consulting GmbH, LuraTech Europe GmbH and NetCentric US. The association’s chairman is Olaf Drümmer, CEO of callas software GmbH. Duff Johnson, President of NetCentric Technologies is the vice chairman.

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Tags: DMS Expo, PDF, PDF Association, PDF/A.
Categories: PDF, PDF/A, PDF/UA