The PDF/A Competence Centre, today a part of the PDF Association, was founded very shortly after PDF/A first appeared as an ISO standard. This international organisation aims to promote the development and usage of PDF standards. To that end, the PDF Association targets users, developers and decision-makers equally and helps its members exchange information worldwide.
A number of critics have spoken out against PDF/A, especially when the standard was first introduced. Many criticisms of the format, however, are based on misunderstandings. These are some of the most commonly encountered myths and legends.
Specialist ISO standards based on the Portable Document Format are available for a wide range of purposes.
Digital documents are increasingly replacing traditional paper documents. Existing paper documents are being scanned and digitised, while digital-only processes are becoming more and more common and PDF/A is at the very forefront of this trend.
Businesses benefit from the ISO standard for long-term archiving because it helps them to store digital documents in compliance with legal requirements. PDF/A-3 has further increased adoption rates within the financial sector, as this new part of the standard can also be used to keep source documents organised.
Many government authorities and public institutions worldwide now specify formats to use for digital data. Government offices often recommend that working documents use open file formats. More and more often, PDF/A is the only format accepted for final-version files.
It is not always easy to tell at first glance whether an existing PDF file actually meets the ISOs PDF/A standard. To be absolutely certain, you can perform a validation check which examines all relevant parts of a document.
PDF/A documents can be created in a variety of ways. This section will sketch out just a few typical approaches.
Bei vielen Aufgabenstellungen hat sich der PDF/A-Standard bewährt. Wir zeigen einige Beispiele aus der Praxis im Überblick.