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Nadine Schuppisser

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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.

Swiss Life Archives Documents from Microsoft SharePoint in PDF/A Format

The Swiss Life Group is one of Europe’s leading providers of financial security solutions and life insurances. In Switzerland, Swiss Life offers companies and private individuals optimal solutions for all of their financial security needs and risk situations. Around 600 financial consultants in 40 branch offices look after customers throughout the whole of Switzerland.

Customer Application Requirements
In the area of group insurance, a wide variety of Microsoft Office documents from daily business transactions for creating proposals and managing portfolios of collective contracts are administered in Microsoft SharePoint. These documents were previously archived in TIFF format. They originate from different business cases like requests for proposals, underwriting, and benefit entitlements in addition to transactions that can be conducted by the customers themselves, including new admissions, terminations, salary changes, personnel mutations, yearly updates etc.

By changing to a PDF/A conforming archive directly out of Microsoft SharePoint, Swiss Life intention is to make the documents text-searchable and, by means of a digital signature and time stamp, fulfill compliance requirements. This should be achieved in the future through conversion of the Microsoft Office documents directly into PDF/A upon closure of the business case and entering them in the archive together with metadata, a digital signature and a time stamp.

Read more (PDF): Swiss Life archives Documents from Microsoft SharePoint in PDF/A Format


Tags: Archiving, Microsoft Office, TIFF
Categories: Finance, PDF/A