ISO standards, test suites, best-practice guides…

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.


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.

ISO 32000-2 Document management Portable Document Format Part 1 PDF 2.0 cover with PDF Association logo




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.

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.


veraPDF Test Suite

veraPDF is the industry-supported open-source validator for PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3. The software was developed under the supervision of the PDF Association’s PDF Validation Technical Working Group. As of 2021 the PDF/A TWG continues to set policy for the test …

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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 …


PDF/A l’essentiell 2.0

PDF/A l’essentiel 2.0 PDF pour l’archivage à long terme is the french translation of PDF/A in a Nutshell 2.0 implemented with the support of Aproged.

PDF/A l'essentiel 2.0 PDF pour l'archivage à long terme

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 …


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. …

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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