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The PDF Association publishes a variety of documents and other resources for those interested in leveraging PDF technology, and as of Q4 2021, also sells the ISO standards relating to PDF technology as developed by ISO TC 171 SC 2.

In addition to formal ISO standards many PDF Association publications developed through our publications process are freely available.

PDF Association members may access process documents and drafts of upcoming ISO standards via the Member Area.

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ISO 32000 (PDF)

PDF 2.0

ISO 32000 is the family of ISO standards that defines the core PDF specification for both PDF 1.7 and PDF 2.0.

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Hierarchical inclusion rules

A informative representation of the allowable containment of structure element types as defined in ISO TS 32005.



ISO/TS 32002

ISO/TS 32002 is a PDF 2.0 extension specification that adds support for NIST-P, Brainpool, Edwards Curve (EdDSA) Ed448 and Ed25519 families of elliptical curves for digital signatures.

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ISO 18565 and ISO 22550 (AFP)

Together, ISO 18565 and ISO 22550 define an interchange of AFP (Advanced Function Presentation) to PDF and a subset for the archival of AFP documents.

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ISO 32005

Document management — Portable Document Format — PDF 1.7 and 2.0 structure namespace inclusion in ISO 32000-2 Placeholder for ISO/TS 32005 Document management — Portable Document Format — PDF 1.7 and 2.0 structure namespace inclusion in ISO 32000-2. ISO 32000-2 …



ISO/TS 32001

ISO/TS 32001 specifies how to extend PDF 2.0 by adding support for the use of the Secure Hash Algorithm – 3 (SHA-3) and SHAKE256 hash algorithms.

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ISO 32004 Integrity protection in encrypted documents in PDF 2.0

ISO/TS 32004 is PDF 2.0 extension that provides integrity protection along with confidentiality for encrypted PDF 2.0 documents.



Best Practice in creating PDF files for variable data printing – Designer Edition

This guide, and its companion for developers (Best Practice in creating PDF files for variable data printing – Developer Edition), are intended to help designers, composition tool operators and software vendors avoid creating inefficient PDF files.

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Best Practice in Creating Print Files for Variable Data Printing – Developer Edition

This guide and its companion, Best Practice for creating PDF files for Variable Data Printing – Designer Edition is intended to help designers, composition tool operators or software vendors to avoid creating inefficient PDF files.

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PDF Specification Index

This page provides external links to legacy Adobe PDF references and errata, as well as the ISO 32000 family of standards. The PDF Association is not authorized to host these files on behalf of the PDF industry. This page was …

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EA-PDF

EA-PDF is a new project to define the essential characteristics and optimal functional requirements of email messages and necessary related information in a PDF technology-based archive.