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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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Save-The-Date: PDF Day France, Toulouse, April 4, 2019

PDF Day France will be the first French-speaking event of the PDF Association, organised by our member ORPALIS. It will take place in Toulouse which is the home ground of Airbus and we are very happy that Airbus will present a case study around its usage of PDF in their document management environment!

Electronic Document Conference: Call for Papers

Prospective presenters at the Electronic Document Conference 2019 are invited to submit high-quality original proposals for 25-minute presentations on subjects of interest to developers and technical product managers concerned with electronic document implementations.

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.

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