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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.

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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…

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

Structure Recognition for Information Retrieval and Layout

Joris SchellekensJoris Schellekens, Software Engineer at iText Software, will be hosting a presentation titled“Structure Recognition for Information Retrieval and Layout” at the PDF Days Europe 2018.

Presenter: Joris is a 29-year old software developer at iText, a global IT firm with a leadership position in pdf creation. Joris’ background is in machine learning, NLP, mathematics, graphs and NP-complete problems. After having worked in the supply-chain industry, he set his sights on document-processing and workflow-automation. At iText he focusses mostly on innovative research projects.

Session Description: Tables, list and other structural elements are found in many digital articles. These elements typically allow the authors to present information in a structured manner and to communicate and summarize key results and main facts. It allows readers to get a quick overview of the presented information, to compare items and put them into context. Knowing the physical boundaries of paragraphs can aid screen-readers for visually impaired users. Having a concept of tables will help any document-processing flow. And, aside from serving as pure input, structure is a key component when performing conversion. This talk is about bridging the gap between high-level concepts and low-level document formats.

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