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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.

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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.

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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.

Germany Chapter

PDF/A is already widely accepted and used in Germany in many sectors and application areas. PDF/UA for accessibilty became more important in the last years.A lot of members of the PDF Association have their headquarters in Germany.


Local Contact

MichaelKarbeMichael Karbe
Michael Karbe is the local contact person for Germany. He is President of Actino Software GmbH and a PDF Association Member. The company is an entrepreneur of PDF-based solutions and provides unique tools for document processing since the early days of PDF.
Phone: +49 2251 14 80-20
karbe@actino.de

Country Sponsor

Thomas Zellmann
Thomas Zellmann is managing director of the PDF Association and country sponsor for Germany. Thomas Zellmann is working especially in the banking/insurance and archives/libraries segments.
Phone: +49 30 39 40 50 50
thomas.zellmann@pdfa.org

Members in Country

Over 50 companies from Germany are PDF Association members.
You can find the current members here:
https://www.pdfa.org/member/?country=DE

Recommendations and legal requirements

  • Standard eBilling based on the ISO Standard PDF/A as Document Format
  • University of Potsdam stores documents on their publications server in PDF/A format
  • File Delivery: German National Library prefers PDF/A
  • Federal Government Coordination and Advisory Agency for IT in the Federal Administration assesses PDF/A-1
  • PDF/A for electronic ways of legal communication

Cooperation Partners

The PDF Association cooperates with international associations dealing with Document Management, Enterprise Content Management and long-term archiving.

Materials

Due to a lot of members in Germany, most materials are also available in German:

DMS or PDF related Magazines

  • BIT is the official association magazine