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Harald Grumser

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Participating in the PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit

The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit’s objective is to establish a broad-based understanding of how PDF files should be tagged for accessibilty. It’s an opportunity to focus on establishing a common set of examples of accessible PDF content, and identify best-practice when tagging difficult cases.

Modernizing PDF Techniques for Accessibility

The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit will identify best-practices in tagging various cases in PDF documents. Questions to be addressed will likely include: the legal ways to tag a nested list, the correct way to caption multiple images, the appropriate way to organize content within headings.

Refried PDF

My hospital emailed me a medical records release form as a PDF. They told me to print it, fill it, sign it, scan it and return it to the medical records department, in that order. In 2018? To get the form via email (i.e., electronically), yet be asked to print it? Did the last 20 years just… not mean anything! So I thought I’d be clever. I’d fill it first, THEN print it. Or better yet, never print it, but sign it anyhow, and return it along with a note making the case for improving their workflow. The story continues…

Slides and video recordings of PDF Days Europe 2018

You missed the PDF Days Europe 2018? Never mind! Here you can find the slides and video recordings of all 32 stunning sessions!

Using PDF/UA in accessibility checklists

PDF/UA, like PDF itself, is internally complex, but used correctly, actually makes things easier.

Session Intro – Track C: Business to Consumer

In business-to-consumer relationships, the topic of PDF/A also crosses over to the consumer. When individual correspondence is used in communications between companies (or other organizations) and consumers, it is relevant for archiving. The correspondence is sent via e-mail or can be downloaded from a web portal, exposing the consumer to long-term archived documents. This usually concerns documents that are created individually for the end-user, such as invoices, quotations, order confirmations etc., and are more or less generated automatically in large quantities. In such a scenario, you must consider additional prerequisites not only on the side of the creator, but also consumer habits and options in this environment.

In the first presentation “PDF/VT – Overview and relation to PDF/A”, Stewart Rogers from Crawford Technologies, UK describes PDF/VT. PDF/VT (“V” for “Variable” and “T” for “Transactional”) defines a variable data printing (VDP) job exchange format and is a published ISO standard in the family of PDF standards. PDF/VT is the ISO 16612-2 (PDF/VT) standard on behalf of the variable and transactional printing industry.

Uwe Wächter, PDF product manager at SEAL Systems discusses “SAP and PDF/A – PDF/A in product life cycle”

What do ERP systems and PDF/A have in common? This question can be quickly answered: purchase vouchers, invoices and other business documents that are printed out of SAP must often be archived. This is an important field where PDF/A is of growing importance. If you use PDF/A for archiving, you will fulfil legal retention obligations and can guarantee that the archived documents will still be legible after many years. No special prerequisites are necessary for implementing PDF/A, and you won’t have to forego on an elegant display or full-text search.

Harald Grumser from Compart AG concludes this section of the proceedings with an article entitled: “Optimising PDF/A documents for large archives” in which he reports on the characteristics of PDF/A in the environment of mass correspondence. Since the PDF/A standard does not allow you to work with external resources (as you would usually do in the area of high-volume printing) and since embedding resources such as fonts for each individual document may lead to an enormously inflated volume of storage, you must weigh up other techniques and approaches that allow you to work with PDF/A and its advantages.


Tags: 4th PDF/A Conference, ERP, Proceedings
Categories: Finance, PDF/A, PDF/VT