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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.

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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.

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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…

Liaisons

The PDF Association cooperates with international associations concerned with document management, enterprise content management, long-term archiving and accessibility.

Accessibility focus

Access for All

The Swiss foundation «Access for all» is a non-profit sponsor of assistive technology development including support for accessible PDF documents.
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DVBS e.V.

The DVBS e.V.- German Association of Blind and Partially Sighted Students and Professionals works with the “BIT inklusiv” project to promote new employment opportunities through accessible information technology.
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Government agencies

Bureau Forum Standaardisatie

The Dutch Standardisation Forum was established by decree by the Minister of Economic Affairs on 27 March 2006 to ensure implementation of the policy on electronic data exchange and (re) use of data and electronic services.
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Library of Congress

The Library of Congress (LOC) is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States.
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National Archives and Records Administration

NARA is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records and with increasing public access to those documents, which comprise the National Archives.
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Industry association

3D PDF Consortium

The 3D PDF Consortium is a global initiative dedicated to the promotion, development and adoption of 3D PDF.
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BITMi

The BITMi is the only professional IT association that represents middle-class interests exclusively.
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FeRD

FeRD, Forum elektronische Rechnung Deutschland is the German Forum for Electronic Invoicing.
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NIRMA

The Nuclear Information Management Industry Association (NIRMA) develops standards and guidance for the nuclear industry worldwide.
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TWAIN Working Group

The TWAIN Working Group, established in 1992, is a not-for-profit association whose purpose is to provide and foster a universal public standard which links applications and image acquisition devices.
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Xplor International

Xplor International is a not-for-profit association for technology users and suppliers in the digital document industry.
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Memory institution focus

Finnish Business Archive Association

Liikearkistoyhdistys is the Finnish Business Archive Association (FBAA), a professional body in organizational information management.
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nestor

The German competence network for digital preservation.  – Kompetenznetzwerk Langzeitarchivierung
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Open Preservation Foundation

The Open Preservation Foundation sustains technology and knowledge for the long-term management of digital cultural heritage.
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Open Source

Dante e.V.

DANTE, Deutschsprachige Anwendervereinigung TeX e.V., has been founded on April 14, 1989 in Heidelberg, Germany.
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Professional association

TAGA Italia

TAGA Italia – is the Italian Association of Graphic Arts Technicians.
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Vigc

Vigc – is the Flemish Innovation Center for Graphic Communication.
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