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Duff Johnson

A veteran of the electronic document space, Duff Johnson is an independent consultant, Executive Director of the PDF Association and ISO Project co-Leader (and US TAG chair) for ISO 32000 and ISO 14289.
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Happy new logo!

2006: The PDF/A Competence Center A new year brings new things, and 2019 is no exception! The “four red blocks” logo was first created for the PDF/A Competence Center in 2006. When that organization became the PDF Association in 2011, the design was ad …

Save-The-Date: PDF Day France, Toulouse, April 4, 2019

PDF Day France will be the first French-speaking event of the PDF Association, organised by our member ORPALIS. It will take place in Toulouse which is the home ground of Airbus and we are very happy that Airbus will present a case study around its usage of PDF in their document management environment!

Electronic Document Conference: Call for Papers

Prospective presenters at the Electronic Document Conference 2019 are invited to submit high-quality original proposals for 25-minute presentations on subjects of interest to developers and technical product managers concerned with electronic document implementations.

Have we passed ‘peak PDF’?

How do we gain insight into how users’ views of documents are shifting? Google Trends is an increasingly interesting source of high-level marketplace data. By aggregating Google’s search data over time, reporting a term’s popularity as compared with all other searches.

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.

Talking about electronic documents

EDC iconWe’ve done PDF Day events and technical conferences across Europe, in the US, in Australia, and elsewhere.

This Electronic Document Conference is the first PDF Association event that’s open to all technologies pertaining to documents.

It’s about exploring the ways in which new kinds of data, structures and networks meet old kinds of ideas (and unstated assumptions) about possession, privacy, authenticity, security, exactitude, quality, reusability, and other features of “documents”.

We encourage proposals for engaging theoretical discussions in addition to practical (but forward-looking) sessions. Some ideas we’ve been hearing about include:

  • XMP metadata and the future of ECM
  • What’s the right way – in principle – to archive email?
  • Using AI to infer structure from style
  • Leveraging user experience metrics to drive UI functionality
  • Archiving of 3D documents in a 2D document world
  • The semantics of non-interactive forms
  • GDPR implications and opportunities at a file-format level
  • Capturing web content
  • Where does PDF fit in the future of documents?
  • Considerations in document workflow engineering
  • Emerging technologies, specifications and standards that point the way to new levels of interoperability?
  • Will stand-alone documents eventually dissolve into constellations of database entries, CSS and blockchains?
  • Does interoperability even matter anymore?

Doing more with PDF.There are many possible questions! We hope to see some exploratory proposals.

We are looking for a few good presenters to provide some answers.

If you have an interesting observation or idea, from a workflow-of-the-future to fully-operational code, and you’d like to engage our community, please check out our call-for-papers, and let us know before February 1!


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