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Mission Statement: To promote Open Standards-based electronic document implementations using PDF technology through education, expertise and shared experience for stakeholders worldwide.
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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.

PDF Association expands its board of directors

Catherine Andersz of PDFTron Systems, Alaine Behler of iText Software and Peter Wyatt, ISO Project Leader for ISO 32000 enrich the newly elected board of the PDF Association.

The PDF technology event of the year

The PDF Association’s PDF Days Europe event gets bigger and better every year.

In 2016 it’s four tracks over two days. Attendees will be able to choose from almost 50 presentation, seminars and other sessions in both English and German.

As with previous PDF Days Europe events the sessions vary from case studies and best practices to wide-ranging discussions about the ISO standards for PDF, and where PDF is going from here. In 2016, the event’s scale allows us to address several distinct areas of interest in detail.

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File format validation

The internal complexity required to realize PDF’s flexibility, power and cross-platform functionality in a self-contained package creates challenges for any software developer. This is especially true when the fact (or lack) of reliable interoperability between various PDF software is at the heart of the format’s value proposition.

Responding to a PDF Days Europe 2016 will include a wide range of sessions, both presentational and discussion-oriented, considering the issues raised by the subject of file format validation. In addition to debating the utility and significance of the open source veraPDF project for PDF/A validation, other sessions tackle the PDF/UA specification and the upcoming PDF/R (raster) standard.

Document creation and distribution

Web-based technologies are spawning more and more uses for PDF as applications for transactional records, customized marketing content and more continue to grow. This year, PDF Days Europe includes a focus on the ever-changing world of document production and delivery, including several sessions focusing on digital signatures.

The future of electronic documents

In the second day the focus shifts to where PDF is going and how it’s going to get there. Sessions range from a discussion on OpenType (emoji are big these days) to complex semantic substructures to the “PDFcore” concept and insights from the Drupa show floor.

In German language sessions…

Day 1 in the German tracks focus on uses of PDF/A (archival), and PDF/UA (accessibility) standards for PDF technology. A major focus of the PDF/A discussions will be the recent German specification for electronic invoicing, ZUGFeRD, will be discussed in practical terms as well as a session detailing the implementation of ZUGFeRD in SAP workflows. For PDF/UA the German sessions will focus on practical experience of creating and validating PDF/UA-conforming documents.

On day 2 German sessions divide into a practical track, with best-practice advice for PDF implementers and customers, and a PDF/A-3-oriented track that provides a comprehensive understanding of the potential of PDF/A-3, with sessions ranging from case studies to detailed discussions of PDF/A-3’s features.

Check out the PDF Days Europe 2016 program of events, and register today!


Tags: Berlin, PDF Days Europe
Categories: Archives & Libraries, Finance, Government, PDF/A, PDF/UA, PDF/VT, Search, ZUGFeRD, veraPDF