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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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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.

Members supporting PDF features!

The typical adoption curve for PDF technologies until approximately 2007 tended to track with that of the original PDF developer. Since then the marketplace has shifted; it’s no longer clear that Adobe drivesPDF feature support worldwide. Accordingly, we are happy to report that adoption of PDF 2.0 continues apace, with new vendors announcing their support every month.

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