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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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Save-The-Date: PDF Day France, Toulouse, April 4, 2019

PDF Day France will be the first French-speaking event of the PDF Association, organised by our member ORPALIS. It will take place in Toulouse which is the home ground of Airbus and we are very happy that Airbus will present a case study around its usage of PDF in their document management environment!

Electronic Document Conference: Call for Papers

Prospective presenters at the Electronic Document Conference 2019 are invited to submit high-quality original proposals for 25-minute presentations on subjects of interest to developers and technical product managers concerned with electronic document implementations.

Have we passed ‘peak PDF’?

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.

Participating in the PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit

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.

Members supporting PDF features!

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.

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