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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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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.

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…

Slides and video recordings of PDF Days Europe 2018

You missed the PDF Days Europe 2018? Never mind! Here you can find the slides and video recordings of all 32 stunning sessions!

Using PDF/UA in accessibility checklists

PDF/UA, like PDF itself, is internally complex, but used correctly, actually makes things easier.

PDF Day: a breakthrough in Washington DC

Over 260 attendees from 40+ federal and state agencies

Montage of images from PDF Day DCThe latest PDF Day event was held on January 29th at the National Archives Building in Washington DC. With a record-breaking number of attendees, the event was a resounding success.

PDF is a broadly-implemented technology, with many distinctive applications across a wide spectrum of industries and workflows. A compact series of sessions, this PDF Day managed to touch on many of the areas of greatest interest to professionals planning and managing electronic document workflows.

Washington DC is a government town, and without a doubt, this PDF Day was aimed at the current concerns of government employees and contractors who manage document workflows. Over 260 people registered for the event, including personnel from 33 federal and 9 state and local agencies, plus a wide range of vendors who handle electronic documents as part of the software and services they provide to government agencies.

Following the start of PDF Day at 0900, the attendees heard from David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States, before splitting into the two session rooms.

As befits the headquarters of the US National Archives, the Jefferson Room, an upstairs conference room converted into a 70-seat theater for PDF Day, is lined with original documents from the administration of Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809). The irony of discussing the preservation of electronic documents in a room adorned with historical paper documents was noted by more than a few attendees.

PDF Day attendees could choose from 18 educational sessions on topics ranging from accessibility to ZUGFeRD and many others in-between. Subject areas included: archiving, accessibility, Section 508 compliance, workflow, output and PDF in engineering applications. Each group of three educational sessions was followed by a set of three 4-minute “commercial” sessions presented by PDF Day sponsors. The PDF Association recorded each presentation, and will soon make these videos available publicly.

The National Archives preserves the original Declaration of Independence, perhaps the most significant of the founding documents of the United States, in a protective enclosure a few steps away from the areas in which we held PDF Day. Your correspondent was one of many who took a moment to peer at this ancient document. Another attendee was observed to note: “Wow, it’s really faded. That would never have happened if they’d just used PDF/A!”.

PDF Day Washington DCFollowing PDF Day, most attendees responding to our survey rated the sessions, and the overall event, with a big thumbs-up. We look forward to staging another PDF Day with our friends and new liaison partner organizations; the National Archives and the Library of Congress.


Tags: PDF Day
Categories: Government