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.

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.

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Last updated:  1 July 2020

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”

Fall 2020:  December 2-11, 2020 (teleconference)

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 2-week review

International Standard

Send for publication by August 2020

2020-12-7 ISO meeting PDF/A TWG

PDF Validation 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 2-week comment/review then publication  

Review/Comment and Publication

PDF TWG
ISO/PDTS 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 2020-12-07 ISO meeting PDF TWG
ISO/NP 14739-1 Document management – 3D use of Product Representation Compact (PRC) format – Part 1: PRC 10001 PRC dated revision Committee Draft (CD) 2020-12-07 ISO meeting PDF TWG
ISO/PDTS 24654 Document management – Portable Document Format – Non-Rectangular Links Non-rectangular links for PDF 2.0 Early draft Technical Specification Working group ballot to be issued

2020-12-07 ISO meeting

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/FDIS 32000-2 Document management – Portable Document Format – Part 2: PDF 2.0 PDF 2.0 Final Draft International Standard (DIS) ballot Submit draft to ISO for FDIS ballot by 2020-07-17

2020-12-7  ISO meeting

PDF TWG
ISO 23504-1 Document management applications – Raster image transport and storage – Part 1: Use of ISO 32000 (PDF/R-1) PDF/raster
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PDF/R-1
Publication processing In publication processing PDF/raster 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/NP 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 Committee Draft (CD) 2020-07-22 New Project Ballot 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/DIS 16684-3 Graphic technology – Extensible metadata platform (XMP) specification – Part 3: JSON-LD serialization of XMP XMP-JSON-LD Draft International Standard (DIS) 2020-12-07 ISO meeting TBD

ISO TC 130 “Graphic technology”

Fall 2020:  November 30 - December 4, 2020 (Sydney, Australia)

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 2-week review and comment then to publication Review and ISO publication processing  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/DIS 16612-3 Graphic technology — Variable data exchange — Part 3: Using PDF/X-6 (PDF/VT-3) PDF/VT-3 Draft International Standard (DIS) ballot closes 2020-06-09 2020-06-17 ISO meeting PDF/VT TWG

TF 4: “XMP”

All current XMP work items have been moved to ISO TC 171 SC 2 WG 12 “Metadata”.

There are no currently open work items in TF 4.

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.

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