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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 Joris Schellekens, software developer at iText, about PDF Days Europe 2018

Joris Schellekens, iTextPDF Association: At the PDF Days Europe, you will be hosting a presentation titled “Structure Recognition for Information Retrieval and Layout” – what’s that about?

Joris Schellekens: Tables, list and other structural elements are found in many digital articles. These elements typically allow the authors to present information in a structured manner and to communicate and summarize key results and main facts. It allows readers to get a quick overview of the presented information, to compare items and put them into context. Knowing the physical boundaries of paragraphs can aid screen-readers for visually impaired uses. Having a concept of tables will help any document-processing flow. And, aside from serving a pure input, structure is a key component when performing conversion. This talk is about bridging the gap between high-level concepts and low-level document formats.

PDF Association: Who is your presentation aimed at?

Joris Schellekens: The presentation aimed at both developers (there is substantial technical content), and decision makers (there is “food for thought” that may be useful, even without full understanding of the technical details).

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

Joris Schellekens: PDF is famously called “the roach motel of data”. It’s where data goes to die. With the right algorithms, this needn’t be the case.

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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