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A shared vision for a better world

On World Standards Day 2021 the PDF Association celebrates PDF’s connection to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



Making standards smarter

As a consumer of standards, have you ever stopped and critically reviewed what a standard essentially is and how it is delivered to your desk for you to read and understand? Have you ever stopped to think about the way …

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A day to think about the PDF standard…

callas software’s Dietrich von Seggern describes what “owned by ISO” really means, and why that matters, in celebration of World Standards Day.

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PDF standards explained: with a focus on the newest

Dietrich von Seggern from callas software explains PDF standards with a focus on the newest standards.

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PDF’s popularity online

According to CommonCrawl’s detected MIME type PDF is the 3rd most popular file-format on the web (behind HTML and XHTML); more popular than JPEG, PNG or GIF files.

Chart depicting the popularity of digital document formats online.


Prepress automation in label printing

Dietrich von Seggern describes optimal uses of automation in label printing and discusses the integration of print processing steps in PDF production workflows.

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Overhauling PDF Forms technology

The Technical Working Group’s chair explains the current missions of the PDF Forms TWG; a declarative model for business logic, alignment with web forms and optimized accessibility.

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Busting the Myth that PDF Cannot Be Accessible

PDF documents can be as accessible as web pages if presented correctly.

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Linking research and industry

To assist both academic and industry researchers achieve high-quality and accurate PDF-oriented research outcomes, the PDF Association is now offering a new free peer-review service.

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Doing PDF right

Doing PDF right means being aware of errata for PDF 2.0. With over 65 issues now resolved and approved by the PDF Association’s PDF TWG, the body of knowledge in the “PDF Issues” GitHub repo is already significant.

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