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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.

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


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Accessible 3D content

The PDF Association maintains links to best-practice content in this area. These materials are not vetted by the PDF Association. To suggest a new resource contact info@pdfa.org with your recommendation. Scott Vinkle’s blog post on 3D model accessibility: https://scottvinkle.me/blogs/work/3d-model-accessibility  



MIL-STD-31000 Technical Data Packages (TDPs)

The US DoD MIL-STD-31000 standard describes requirements for preparing technical data packages (TDPs) which can be packaged in 3D PDF files.

Technical Data Package hierarchy chart


Tagged PDF Best Practice Guide: Syntax

The latest update to the original Tagged PDF Best Practice Guide includes guidance for all structure element types and attributes, and provides forward-looking guidance for PDF 2.0.

Cover of Tagged PDF Best Practice Guide.