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Shawna McAlearney

Shawna McAlearney is the Marketing Specialist for Appligent Document Solutions.
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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/A: Helpful Links


AIIM: Association for Information and Image Management

APROGED – France

ISO: International Organization for Standardization

  • ISO 19005-1 (You can order a copy of the standard here)

VOI – Verband: Organisations und Informationssysteme e.V.

nestor: Kompetenznetzwerk Langzeitarchivierung

Österreichisches Wissensnetzwerk Digitale

Langzeitarchivierung (Dig:LA)

Kompetenzzentrum Records Management

Articles and Documents

PDF Association Articles

Basic Papers about topics like “PDF/A and Colors”, “PDF/A for Scanned Documents”, “PDF/A Validation” and more.
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DMS Expo Presentations

We have made the presentations from the PDF/A Forum at the DMS Expo 2007 available for downloading.
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White Papers

“PDF/A – The Basics: A new standard for long-term archiving” by PDF Tools AG

Various Articles

  • DPC Technology Watch Series Report 08-02: PDF “Preserving the Data Explosion: Using PDF” by Betsy Fanning, Director of Standards for AIIM.
  • PDF “Recommended Practice – Analysis, Selection, and Implementation of Electronic Document Management Systems (EDMS)”. A Practice Peport, published by AIIM.

Tags: AIIM, APROGED, VOI, nestor
Categories: PDF/A