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PDF Declarations

PDF in general

ISO-standardized subsets of PDF such as PDF/A, PDF/UA and PDF/X already include identification mechanisms. However, in many cases users of PDF files would like to leverage 3rd party standards or …

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Technical Note 0010: Clarifications of ISO 19005, parts 1-3 for developers of PDF/A creators and validators

TechNote 0010 offers ISO TC 171 SC 2 WG 5-reviewed and industry-supported clarifications of ISO 19005, parts 1-3 for developers of PDF/A creators and validators.

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veraPDF Test Suite

What is veraPDF? veraPDF is the industry-supported open-source validator for PDF/A-1, PDF.A-2 and PDF/A-3. This project was developed under the supervision of the PDF Association’s PDF Validation Technical Working Group (TWG). More information about the veraPDF project can be found …

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Finnish Business Archive Association: “PDF/A-3 as preservation format”

The Finnish Business Archive Association organised an expert event from September, 30 to October, 1st 2015 in Mikkeli, Finland. PDF Association Board Member Hans-Joachim Hübner and Managing Director Thomas Zellmann presented the keynote speech discussing “PDF/A-3 as preservation format”.

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PDF/A (Flyer)

PDF/A is the ISO standard for archiving electronic documents using the PDF format. The first part, PDF/A-1, was published on October 1, 2005. The second and third parts, PDF/A-2 (2011) and PDF/A-3 (2012), enhance PDF/A with support for additional features …

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PDF/A-1 Technical Notes – Origins

Prior to development of the Isartor Test Suite, the PDF/A Competence Center Technical Working Group (TWG) led the way in development of best practices and other tools to support ISO standards for mainstream PDF technology. Between April, 2007 and March …

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PDF Day 2013 (Seattle): Session Recordings

PDF Day events consist of a number of strictly educational (no product pitches allowed) presentations. The video recordings are now stored on YouTube. PDF Technical Conference 2013 PDF/A Day 2013

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PDF/A in a Nutshell 2.0

PDF/A is an ISO standard for using the PDF format for long-term archiving of digital documents. Since its publication in 2005, PDF/A has become the format of choice for archiving digital documents in a wide range of industries and applications. …

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Isartor Test Suite

The Isartor Test Suite is named after the location of the first meeting of the Technical Working Group, a medieval gate towards the river Isar in the center of Munich/Germany. This test suite comprises a set of files which can …

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Digital preservation and nuclear disaster (animation)

“Team Digital Preservation” saves the world from nuclear disaster.

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The PDF/A family

What are the requirements, conformance levels and timelines associated with implementing PDF/A, the industry standard for archiving PDFs for long-term preservation? That was the topic assigned to Global Graphics’ CTO Martin Bailey, the UK’s primary expert on PDF/A for the …

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