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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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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.

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.

Interview with Dietrich von Seggern, CEO of callas software, about PDF Days Europe 2018

Dietrich von Seggern, callas software

Dietrich von Seggern received his degree as a printing engineer, and in 1991 started his professional career as head of desktop prepress production in a reproduction house. He became involved in research projects for digital transmission of print files, and moved to the German Newspaper Marketing Organisation (ZMG). There Dietrich was responsible for a project to enable the digital transmission of newspaper ads. In 2002 he joined callas software as Director of Product Management, and subsequently introduced callas’ PDF/A related products for the archiving industry.
After becoming Business Development Manager in 2010 Dietrich became one of the Managing Directors of callas in 2016.

 

PDF Association: At the PDF Days Europe, you will be hosting a presentation titled “PDF’s ISO-standardized subsets: a tour” – what’s that about?

Dietrich von Seggern: This session delivers an overview about PDF/X, PDF/A, PDF/E, PDF/VT and PDF/UA. Their specific use cases are explained and how related requirements are transferred into provisions of the respective standards. The development of the standards also show how the general use of PDF has been changed over time starting with PDF/X where PDF is an intermediate product for printed paper to PDF/UA where PDF is much more than what could be printed.

PDF Association: Who is your presentation aimed at?

Dietrich von Seggern: We have several PDF based standards such as PDF/A or PDF/X, each defining a subset of PDF for a certain use case. In this session I want give an overview about all of them. It will not be possible nor is it the goal to explain technical details, I plan to explain things more on the user level having e.g. product managers or marketing people in mind as a target group.
Basically everybody who maybe only knows one or two of them and wants to get a good overview should join me in this session.

PDF Association: What will the people who attend your presentation be able to take away from it?

Dietrich von Seggern: A good overview about all PDF standards, information that might be useful when working with PDF files that adheres to a certain standard or when having to convert into such a standard.

Check out the detailed programme:
https://www.pdfa.org/pdf-days-europe-2018-schedule-of-sessions/
Direct link for registration:
https://en.xing-events.com/pdf-days-europe-2018.html


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