Current ISO work related to PDF

ISO Technical Committee (TC) 171 “Document management applications” Sub-committee (SC) 2 “Document file formats, EDMS systems and authenticity of information” Working Groups (WGs) are responsible for many PDF-related ISO publications. The ISO TC 171 official website also provides information about the current program of work.

ISO TC 130 “Graphic Technology” WG 2 “Prepress data exchange” and related Task Forces (TFs) are responsible for PDF/X, PDF/VT, and other PDF-related graphic arts and commercial print applications. ISO TC 130 JWG 7 is the joint working group responsible for ICC and colour management. The ISO TC 130 official website provides additional information about standardization activities in the graphic arts industry.

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Last updated:  28 June 2021

Contents

ISO TC 171 “Document management applications”

SC 2 “Document file formats, EDMS systems and authenticity of information”

WG 5: “Joint TC 171/SC 2 - TC 42 - TC 46/SC 11 - TC 130 WG: Document management applications - Application issues - PDF/A”

WG 7: “PDF/Engineering”

WG 8 “PDF specification”

WG 9 “PDF universal accessibility” (PDF/UA)

WG 12 “Metadata”

ISO TC 130 “Graphic technology”

WG 2 “Prepress data exchange”

TF 2: “Postpress” (PDF/X)

TF 3: “Variable data exchange” (PDF/VT)

TF 4: “XMP”

TF 5: “PDF Common Metadata”

JWG 7: “Joint TC 130 - ICC WG: colour management”

TC 171 “Document management applications”

SC 2 “Document file formats, EDMS systems and authenticity of information”

Spring 2022:  2-7 May 2022 (Virtual and In-Person - Paris, France)

WG 5: “Joint TC 171/SC 2 - TC 42 - TC 46/SC 11 - TC 130 WG: Document management applications - Application issues - PDF/A”

WG 5 is responsible for the ISO 19005 family of PDF/A standards for long-term preservation including archival applications.

ISO Number Official title Common name Current status Next key date PDF Association logo
ISO 19005-4 Document management — Electronic document file format for long-term preservation — Part 4: Use of ISO 32000-2 (PDF/A-4) PDF/A-4 International Standard Published Systematic Review  2025-12 PDF/A TWG
ISO 19005-1 Document management - Electronic document file format for long-term preservation - Part 1: Use of PDF 1.4 (PDF/A-1) PDF/A-1 Confirmed for additional 5 years Systematic Review  2025-12 PDF/A TWG
ISO 19005-2 Document management - Electronic document file format for long-term preservation - Part 2: Use of ISO 32000-1 (PDF/A-2) PDF/A-2 International Standard Published Systematic Review  2021-10 PDF/A TWG
ISO 19005-3 Document management - Electronic document file format for long-term preservation - Part 3: Use of ISO 32000-2 with support for embedded files (PDF/A-3) PDF/A-3 International Standard Published Systematic Review  2023-03 PDF/A TWG
ISO 18565 Document management - AFP/Archive AFP/A Confirmed for additional 5 years Systematic Review  2025-12 PDF/A TWG
ISO 22550 Document management - AFP interchange for PDF AFP International Standard Published Systematic Review 2026-12 PDF/A TWG
New Project Document management - 2D Image file formats 2D ISO Technical Specification Draft PDF/A TWG

WG 7: “PDF/Engineering”

WG 7 is responsible for the ISO 24517 family of PDF/E standards as well as the other engineering features, 3D formats, and integrations with PDF, and ECMAscript (JavaScript) used with PDF.

ISO Number Official title Common name Current status Next key date PDF Association logo
ISO 21757-1 Document management – ECMAScript for PDF – Part 1: Use of ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0) ECMAscript for PDF International Standard Published Systematic Review 2025-12

 

PDF TWG
ISO/DTS 24064 Document management – Portable Document Format – 3D data streams conforming to the ISO 10303:242 (STEP AP242) specification STEP extension to PDF 2.0 Early draft Technical Specification 8-week DTS Ballot closing  2022-03 PDF TWG
ISO 24517-1 Document management - Engineering document format using PDF - Part 1: Use of PDF 1.6 (PDF/E-1) PDF/E-1 International Standard Published Systematic Review 2022-04 PDF TWG
ISO 14739-1 Document management - 3D use of Product Representation Compact (PRC) format - Part 1: PRC 10001 PRC International Standard Published Systematic Review  2026-04 PDF TWG
ISO/DTS 24654 Document management – Portable Document Format – Non-Rectangular Links Non-rectangular links for PDF 2.0 Draft Technical Specification Working Group Review then Publication

 

PDF TWG

WG 8 “PDF specification”

WG 8 is responsible for the ISO 320002 family of standards which defines the core PDF specification as well as other generally applicable PDF activities. WG8 also has various technical topics under preliminary discussion including the process for adopting extensions into future parts of ISO 32000, future 2D image compression formats for PDF, encryption and digital signature extensions for PDF and variable-width stroking extension for PDF.

ISO Number Official title Common name Current status Next key date PDF Association logo
ISO 19444-1 Document management - XML Forms Data Format - Part 1: Use of ISO 32000-2 (XFDF 3.0) XFDF International Standard Published Systematic Review 2024-08 PDF TWG
ISO 23504-1 Document management applications - Raster image transport and storage - Part 1: Use of ISO 32000 (PDF/R-1) PDF/R-1 International Standard Published Systematic Review 2025-07 PDF TWG
ISO 32000-1 Document management - Portable Document Format - Part 1: PDF 1.7 PDF 1.7 International Standard Published Systematic Review 2023-09 PDF TWG
ISO 32000-2 Document management – Portable Document Format – Part 2: PDF 2.0 PDF 2.0 International Standard Published Systematic Review 2025-12 PDF TWG
ISO/DTS 32001 Document management - Portable Document Format - Encryption and Hash algorithm support in ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0) Draft Technical Specification 8-week DTS Ballot closing  2022-03 PDF DigSig TWG
ISO/DTS 32002 Document management - Portable Document Format - Extensions to Digital Signatures in ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0) Draft Technical Specification 8-week DTS Ballot closing  2022-03 PDF DigSig TWG
ISO/DTS 32003 Document management - Portable Document Format - Adding support of AES-GCM in PDF 2.0 Working Draft Technical Specification 8-week PDTS Ballot closing  2022-03 PDF DigSig TWG
ISO/WD TS 32004 Document management - Portable Document Format - Integrity Protection in encrypted document in PDF 2.0 Working Draft Technical Specification 8-week PDTS Ballot closing  2022-03 PDF DigSig TWG
ISO/PDTS 6912 Document management - Clarification for initial graphic state in ISO 32000-2  Working Draft Technical Specification Editing Group preparing new draft PDF TWG

WG 9 “PDF universal accessibility” (PDF/UA)

WG9 is responsible for the ISO 14289 family of PDF/UA standards, as well as expertise in Tagged PDF and accessibility.

ISO Number Official title Common name Current status Next key date PDF Association logo
ISO 14289-1 Document management applications - Electronic document file format enhancement for accessibility - Part 1: Use of ISO 32000-1 (PDF/UA-1) PDF/UA-1 Confirmed for additional 5 years Systematic Review  2025-03 PDF/UA TWG
ISO/WD 14289-2 Document management applications – Electronic document file format enhancement for accessibility – Part 2: Use of ISO 32000-2 (PDF/UA-2) PDF/UA-2 Working Draft (WD) WD ballot to close 2022-03

 

PDF/UA TWG
ISO/DTS 32005 Document management - Portable Document Format - PDF 1.7 and 2.0 structure namespace inclusion in ISO 32000-2 Draft Technical Specification 8-week PDTS Ballot closing  2022-03

 

PDF/UA TWG

WG 12 “Metadata”

WG12 was recently created to extend the ISO 16684 family of XMP metadata standards.

ISO Number Official title Common name Current status Next key date PDF Association logo
ISO 16684-1 Graphic technology - Extensible metadata platform (XMP) - Part 1: Data model, serialization and core properties XMP International Standard Published Systematic Review 2023-04 TBD
ISO 16684-2 Graphic technology - Extensible metadata platform (XMP) - Part 2: Description of XMP schemas using RELAX NG XMP-RELAX-NG Confirmed for additional 5 years Systematic Review 2025-03 TBD
ISO 16684-3 Graphic technology – Extensible metadata platform (XMP) specification – Part 3: JSON-LD serialization of XMP XMP-JSON-LD Approved for publication Systematic Review 2027-08 TBD
ISO/CD 16684-4 Graphic technology - Extensible metadata platform (XMP) specification - Part 4: Use of XMP for Semantic Units XMP-4 Committee Draft CD Ballot will close 2022-03

 

TBD

ISO TC 130 “Graphic technology”

Fall 2022: October-November 2022 (Tokyo, Japan)

WG 2 “Prepress data exchange”

TF 2: “Prepress” (PDF/X)

TF 2 is responsible for the ISO 15930 family of PDF/X standards as well as other aspects related to PDF in graphic arts and commercial printing applications. TF 2 is also currently researching methods to support nCLR ICC profiles with PDF.

ISO Number Official title Common name Current status Next key date PDF Association logo
ISO 15930-9 Graphic technology — Prepress digital data exchange using PDF — Part 9: Complete exchange of printing data (PDF/X-6) and partial exchange of printing data with external profile reference (PDF/X-6p and PDF/X-6n) using PDF 2.0 PDF/X-6 International Standard Published Systematic Review   2025-11  TBD

TF 3: “Variable data exchange” (PDF/VT)

TF 3 is responsible for the ISO 16612 family of standards related to variable data printing.

ISO Number Official title Common name Current status Next key date PDF Association logo
ISO 16612-3 Graphic technology — Variable data exchange — Part 3: Using PDF/X-6 (PDF/VT-3) PDF/VT-3 International Standard Published Systematic Review  2025-11 PDF/VT TWG

TF 5: “PDF Common Metadata”

TF 5 was responsible for ISO 21812-1:2019 Graphic technology — Print product metadata for PDF files — Part 1: Architecture and core requirements for metadata. There are no currently open work items in TF 5 and it may get officially disbanded soon.

JWG 7: “Joint TC 130 - ICC WG: colour management”

JWG 7 is the joint working group responsible for ICC (ISO 15076-1:2010) and ICCmax (ISO 20677:2019) specifications, as well as many other colour-related technologies including ISO 18619:2015 Black point compensation.

ISO Number Official title Common name Current status Next key date PDF Association logo
ISO/CD TS 23534-1 Interoperability conformance specification: Architecture for process colour plus spot colour overprint simulation - Part 1: Colormetric processing Draft Technical Specification Deleted from program of work TBD
ISO/TS 21830 Black point compensation for n-colour ICC profiles International Standard Published Systematic Review  2021-07 TBD
ISO/TS 23564 Evaluating colour transform accuracy in ICC profiles International Standard Published Systematic Review  2023-01 TBD