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The PDF Association publishes a variety of documents and other resources to help developers, product managers, and others interested in leveraging PDF to meet their business and organizational objectives.

Most publications listed on pdfa.org are developed through our publications process, and are freely available to members and non-members alike.

PDF Association members may access drafts of current and upcoming ISO standards via the members-only intranet.

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The Matterhorn Protocol 1.1

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The Matterhorn Protocol, a free publication, identifies all possible ways to fail PDF/UA-1.

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Electronic Document Conference – the sessions

Videos from the Electronic Document Conference 2019, held in Seattle, WA. The videos are posted on YouTube.

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Deriving HTML from PDF

This document describes an algorithm for producing conforming HTML from a well-tagged PDF document. HTML was chosen as a derivation target because HTML is consumed on all platforms and supported by all major vendors.

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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.

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PDF Products and Services 2019

PDF Association members showcase the diversity of electronic document solutions in “PDF Products & Services 2019”.

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PDF Association flyer

This flyer offers an introduction to the PDF Association for industry and users alike. It is available in both A4 and US letter page sizes. Both PDF documents conform with PDF/A-2a and PDF/UA-1. Download your copy today!

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PDF 2.0 Application Note 002: Associated Files

The Associated Files feature allows PDF writers to provide additional information about files related to a PDF file in a standardized and therefore machine-readable manner.

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PDF 2.0 Application Note 001: Black Point Compensation

Black point compensation is already widely used in production printing, especially in situations where the combination of the substrate, colourants (e.g. inks) and printing process cannot achieve a very high density for blacks. Turning on BPC will often increase the …

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ISO 19593-1 (PDF Processing Steps)

With PDF Processing Steps standardization, packaging and pro workflow components may be shared language-independent, vendor-neutral way, including specifications for cutting, varnishing, embossing, adding braille and other post-print operations right in the PDF.

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About the PDF Association

What is the PDF Association, and what are the benefits of membership? This video helps explain.

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PDF Products & Services 2018

PDF Association members showcase the diversity of electronic document solutions in “PDF Products & Services 2018”.

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