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PDF Association

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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2018 PDF 2.0 Interop Workshop

Following the success of our previous interop workshops in Cambridge, England and Boston, Massachusetts in 2017, the 3rd PDF 2.0 Interop Workshop is taking place immediately following this year’s PDF Days Europe, in Berlin as part of the post-conferenc …

Post-Conference of PDF Days Europe 2018

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, directly following PDF Days Europe, the PDF Days Post-Conference offers a variety of workshops on PDF 2.0 Interop or PDF/UA.

PDF Days Europe 2018 – schedule of sessions

Fittingly for the tenth anniversary of PDF’ becoming an ISO standard, standardization will play a significant role this year. The focus will be on recent developments, with an eye on the future. The agenda also includes PDF market analyses, next-generation PDF for mobile devices, universally accessible PDF files and the industry-supported veraPDF validator initiative.

Hotel Recommendations and Sightseeing Tips for PDF Days Europe 2018 in Berlin

You will visit the No. 1 PDF event – the PDF Days Europe 2018 in Berlin? Great! Here are some hotel recommendations and sightseeing tips near the event location (SI Hotel).

A double anniversary for PDF Days Europe 2018

Richard Cohn, Principal Scientist at Adobe, one of the two co-authors of the original PDF specification in the era of Acrobat 1.0 gives the keynote on 25 years of PDF during the PDF Europe 2018.

The potential benefits of PDF/UA


PDF/UA defines a standardised, universal set of requirements for PDF accessibility. These guidelines serve as a roadmap for everyone involved with the standard, guaranteeing that the relevant software, hardware and digital documents can work together as effectively as possible – provided they comply with the standard.

If a PDF document fails to meet these technical specifications, however, then this intercompatibility is no longer guaranteed. Disabled users will be disproportionately affected and may no longer have equal-opportunity, independent access to information. This contradicts the goals of an inclusive society which more and more countries around the world are working to enshrine in law. US laws, for example, require the information provided by federal authorities to be universally accessible and usable. The growing political interest in universally-accessible information technology is also indicative of a trend not just towards opening up public institutions, but towards requiring the private sector to make the information it provides more accessible as well.

InclusionThe basic principle of social inclusion is that society accepts each person as an individual; in other words, everyone should be able to participate fully and equally in society.

PDF/UA helps meet these kinds of legal requirements. PDF/UA-compliant PDF documents are universally accessible from a technical standpoint, which means they allow improved communication for people with disabilities in particular. Many legislative bodies refer to WCAG 2.0, the international guidelines for accessible web content. When it comes to PDF files, these guidelines can be met by complying with PDF/UA’s specific, unambiguous requirements. Organisations can also reduce their liability by creating, transmitting and publishing documents and information based on internationally-recognised standards.

In making their PDF documents more accessible of their own free will (without being legally required to do so), non-public organisations are accepting a corporate social responsibility. This can be considered a valuable foundation for building a comprehensive corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy. As accessible PDF documents are currently still the exception rather than the rule, businesses who adopt them can use the opportunity to improve their public image.

PDF/UA can bring financial as well as social benefits. Improving your public image can go hand in hand with winning new customers and increasing your market potential. This refers in particular to people with disabilities. Many businesses remain unaware, however, that this group includes an increasing number of older people as the global population ages. These consumers have significant life savings which they are willing to spend. A large number of older people live with one or more disabilities which may have arisen from a number of illnesses over their lifetime or simply from declining faculties. Regardless of age, however, disabilities can sometimes be caused by accidents or arise as a result of a serious illness. Businesses and public authorities can also use accessible PDF documents to better reach people who are unfamiliar with using computers, who struggle with a document’s language, or whose written language skills are limited. Depending on how the term is defined, for example, several million adults in Germany can be considered illiterate – 12% of whom nevertheless have some form of higher education. Finally, the usability of PDF documents on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets can also be increased, as PDF/UA-compliant documents can be rearranged to suit the screen they are displayed on.

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Tags: CSR, Inclusion, Tablet PC, smart phones
Categories: PDF/UA