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PDF/A use in archives correlated with page size (!?!)

Duff Johnson // June 11, 2015

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"Swedish Dissertations: Archived for the Future?", a paper from AcademicMindTrek 13, makes it clear that PDF/A has a long way to go in adoption - even in European academic archive settings.

While noting that "An increasingly popular alternative is to store dissertations as electronic documents such as PDF files" the paper analyzes the extent to which electronically archived doctoral dissertations in Sweden fulfill basic requirements for long-term archiving.

The paper finds that only few dissertations follow the Swedish National Archive requirements. Only at one Swedish university do a significant number of electronic publications conform to PDF/A-1b.

Interestingly, conformance to PDF/A-1b correlates to properly setting the title of a PDF document and choosing a paper format different from A4 (ISO 216), suggesting ignorance of the requirements in the first instance.

Download the paper from the ACM website.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Duff Johnson
Duff Johnson

An independent consultant working with PDF technology since 1996, Duff is ISO Project co-Leader for ISO 32000 (the PDF specification) and Project Leader for ISO 14289 (PDF/UA). He serves as Executive Director of the PDF Association.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Duff Johnson

Duff Johnson

An independent consultant working with PDF technology since 1996, Duff is ISO Project co-Leader for ISO 32000 (the PDF specification) …

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