Two years after its initial publication, the 2nd edition of ISO 14289-1 (PDF/UA-1), the standard for accessible PDF technology is now available. But by far the most exciting thing about this new edition is the fact that it's also ISO's first fully accessible, PDF/UA-conforming standard.
A minor revision, the 2nd edition integrates some errata and minor other clarifications. The changes are genuinely minor, the most substantive of which are:
ISO 14289-1:2014 replaces the first (2012) edition, which is now withdrawn. Those who have purchased PDF/UA-1 prior to December 17, 2014 should contact their vendor for a replacement.
The ISO asked for help in ensuring that the PDF/UA-1:2014 document be as accessible as possible.
To thank the international standards body for promoting accessibility in its publications, the final text of ISO 14289-1:2014 was converted to conform with its namesake by PDF Association and PDF/UA Competence Center member xyMedia, the developer of PAC 2, at no cost to the ISO.
The ISO will use the PDF/UA-conforming ISO standard as a basis for enhancing its own document production processes towards PDF/UA conformance.
Beyond the work done to ensure this new edition of PDF/UA was accessible, ISO's document vending processes have been adjusted to work with tagged PDF, allowing purchasers are iso.org to receive tagged PDF files whenever ISO makes them available.
You can buy your copy of PDF/UA-1:2014 as a tagged PDF, visit the iso.org website. ISO affiliates around the world may use different vending systems that may (or may not) preserve the accessible nature of the PDF.
PDF/UA has been under development since 2004. The specification became an ISO standard in August, 2012. PDF/UA-2, to be based on ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0), is currently under development.
The PDF/UA standard was originally developed within AIIM's Standards Program, the Standards Development Organization (SDO) authorized by ANSI to represent the US. AIIM is also the secretariat of ISO TC 171, the home of ISO 14289.
Duff serves the PDF industry as ISO Project co-Leader and US TAG chair for both ISO 32000 (the PDF specification) and ISO 14289 (PDF/UA). As Executive Director of the PDF Association, Duff coordinates several working groups, speaks at a wide variety of industry events and promotes the advancement and adoption of PDF technology worldwide. An independent consultant, Duff Johnson is a veteran …