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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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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.

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…

Learn more about PDF/UA

If you want to learn more about PDF technology, either in general or as it relates to a specific subject, then the PDF Association is the perfect point of contact. The PDF Association was founded in 2006. It aims to promote the development and usage of PDF technology and therefore to support PDF applications for digital documents. The Association focuses on the PDF format itself, as well as the ISO standards PDF/UA, PDF/A, PDF/E, PDF/VT and PDF/X. The PDF Association provides information, expertise and opportunities for interaction for developers, users and decision-makers.

2001 2005 2008
ISO 15930 ISO 19005 ISO 24517
„Prepress digital dataexchange using PDF“ „PDF Archive“ „PDF Engineering“
ISO-Standard for the printing industry Standardised long-term archiving with PDF Construction diagrams with moving 3D models where required
1993/2008 2010 2012
ISO 32000 ISO 16612 ISO 14289
„Portable Document Format“ „PDF for Variable Data and Transactional Printing“ „PDF for Universal Access“
The ISO standard corresponds with PDF version 1.7 Used for variable data printing ISO standard for universally accessible PDF documents

The Association’s most important centre of activity is its website, www.pdfa.org, which is regularly updated with the latest specialist news and information. It also provides information about PDF/UA and accessible PDF documents.

PDF/UA Competence Center

The PDF/UA Competence Center was set up by the PDF Association before the PDF/UA standard was even officially approved. Supported by leading international businesses and individual experts, it provides PDF/UA resources for developers, users and decision-makers and offers advice on how to use the standard in practice.

PDF/UA seminars

The PDF Association offers the PDF/UA Practical Seminar Series for employees and decision-makers in public bodies, business and industry; college and university students and teachers; and representatives of all kinds of associations and institutions. Practical examples are used to show participants how accessible PDF documents can be created and checked in line with PDF/UA and any applicable legal requirements. Participants can learn strategies for their own companies to use when introducing and using accessible PDFs.

PDF Association membership

PDF Association members have a critical information advantage: they receive advance versions of ISO PDF standards and exclusive access to the Association intranet containing internal information. They can take part in the Association’s Technical Working Groups to influence standardisation work. The internal forum on the Association intranet ensures direct contact with other PDF experts. Members also receive a boost to their marketing efforts, including use of the PDF Association logo and a company profile and product listing on the PDF Association’s website.

AIIM PDF/UA Committee

The Association for Image and Information Management (AIIM) is a global organisation offering independent research, training and certification programmes for information management experts. To mark the publication of the PDF/UA standard, the AIIM PDF/UA Committee has produced “Achieving WCAG 2.0 with PDF/UA”, a document describing how PDF/UA can guarantee compliance with WCAG 2.0 guidelines.

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Tags: PDF/UA competence center, PDF/UA in a Nutshell
Categories: PDF, PDF/A, PDF/E, PDF/UA, PDF/X