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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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2022: The last year of paper for records-keeping

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PDF 2.0 examples now available

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PDF 2.0 interops help vendors

The PDF 2.0 interop workshops included many vendors with products for creating, editing and processing PDF files. They came together in Boston, Massachusetts for a couple of days to test their own software against 3rd party files.

PDF Days Europe underscores the importance of PDF as a key component of business processes

2017 marks a record number of attendees / Experts shared fully-grounded wisdom on PDF standards across the two-day event Berlin. With over 200 attendees, this year’s PDF Days Europe in Berlin was a significant success with the largest attendance of any …

Slides and video recordings of the PDF Days Europe 2017

About 35 informative sessions across a wide range of topics, including the next-generation PDF project. Within the video frames you can use the red “play” button to get a short impression of the talk or can enjoy the high resolution version by clicking …

Interop workshops: building a test matrix


Developers participating in the PDF 2.0 interop workshops in the UK (Cambridge) in May, and in the USA (Boston) in June will have the opportunity to test their own files and implementations – even PDF 1.7 implementations – against files and software others have developed for PDF 2.0.

There’s no cost for these workshops, and developers have the option of participating anonymously, or even remotely.

The testing matrix worksheet

Those participating will be asked to fill an Excel spreadsheet listing their test objectives, and specifying the nature of the information they’ll provide based on their own tests. The PDF Association will use this information to create a matrix of possible pair-wise tests while protecting some participants’ need for anonymity.

Screeb-shot of the interop matrix excel sheet.

The Excel file collects company and product information, and for anonymous participants, we will assign code-words to any product name provided. The form then asks for the basic type of software (creator, consumer, both) being tested.

Screen-shot of Excel file with product type dropdown selected.

Once the basic software type is established, choose the means by which you prefer to share test-results with the test-file’s contributor.

Screen-shot of Excel file with test-outcome reporting dropdown highlighted.

For each file (or feature in your software) that you wish to test, please identify areas of testing focus with one row / area of focus. Note that the drop-down is populated by the table-of-contents as provided in the FDIS of ISO 32000-2. PDF Association members can access the FDIS from the PDF Association intranet.

Screen-shot of Excel file showing an example of a test-focus.

Provide a clearly-identifiable test-case or file-name for each test-file, and indicate whether you’ll be providing some test-cases, or are seeking test-cases.

Screen-shot of completed table in Excel file.

Once you have identified each test-focus and corresponding file, email your Excel file to duff.johnson@pdfa.org.

Sign up for the PDF 2.0 interop workshop UK today – May 2-3 in Cambridge.

Sign up for the PDF 2.0 interop workshop USA today! It’s on June 12-13 in Boston.


Tags: interop, testing, workshop
Categories: PDF 2.0, PDF Association, Standards development