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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.

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ISO 32000 – the core PDF specification

ISO 32000-2:2020 is the current version of the PDF specification. It was developed by the volunteers of ISO TC 171 SC 2 WG 8.

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Solution Agent

The Solution Agent is a free service for the industry to provide organizations and individuals with a unique, vendor-neutral platform to begin their search

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PDF/UA Reference Suite 1.1

The PDF/UA Reference Suite is a resource for software developers and practitioners interested in best-practices for creating tagged and accessible PDF files

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PDF in Manufacturing

PDF in Manufacturing includes a high-level introduction to the wide range of manufacturing-relevant technologies built into the PDF format.

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Normative references of ISO 32000-2:2020

To help implementers locate the latest information, the PDF Association maintains a page of links to current versions of documents normatively referenced from ISO 32000-2:2020.

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PDF Declarations

PDF Declarations facilitate a machine-readable notification that a PDF file (and/or its contents) conform to a given 3rd party specification.

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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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Understanding Blockchain’s Role and Risks in Trusted Systems

This document provides guidance on the use of blockchain for Information Governance Professionals responsible for information assets within their organizations. It defines the key characteristics of the current market as well as existing challenges and opportunities.

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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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