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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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Deriving HTML from PDF

PDF in general PDF/UA

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 …

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PDF Days; education, connections and more

A window into PDF Days, this PDF Association video showcases some of the reasons to attend – and for members, to sponsor – PDF Days events.

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ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0)

ISO 32000-2 is the first PDF specification developed within the ISO working-group structure. It includes numerous new features, rewritten clauses, corrections, clarifications and much more.

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Adobe documents referenced from ISO 32000-2

A number of documents, originally published by Adobe Systems, are normatively referenced from ISO 32000-2. As they are required for implementing ISO 32000-2, the latest internationally-standardized version of PDF, Adobe has made these documents freely available, and has asked the …

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PDF/Raster 1.0

This document describes PDF/raster, a strict subset of the PDF file format designed for storing, transporting and exchanging multi-page raster-image documents.

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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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PDF/X in a Nutshell

PDF Assiciation publication about PDF/X. PDF/X was the first ISO standard based on PDF technology. A subset of the PDF specification, PDF/X was designed to constrain PDF files in order to cater to specific use-cases in the print industry.

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Tagged PDF Best Practice Guide 0.1.1

The objective of this document is to promote a detailed understanding of the correct use of PDF technology and to make that technology more comprehensible to accessibility experts rooted in web technologies. This document has been retired in favor of …

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PDF/VT Application Notes

The PDF/VT Application Notes discuss topics that aid implementers of PDF/VT workflow tools and demonstrate the various design features of the PDF/VT file format. The document was developed by the PDF/VT Competence Center of the PDF Association, in close cooperation with, …

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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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