Topics include: PDF/A-2 Ratified, PDF/A Coming to U.S. Courts, D-Lib Magazine and PDF accessibility. In PDF, accessibility is assured by adding tags – markers that identify the correct order of objects and the semantics of the document. Tags strongly resemble the HTML tags on which they were modeled. But whats the correct order?
Interact Consulting was appointed by a large German insurance provider to automate the email archiving process for personal email belonging to its claims handlers. The new solution should enable claims handlers to induce the import process for personal email considered worthy of archiving, thereby triggering the archiving process. The challenge lay in developing an automated archiving process for the many millions of emails per year. The choice fell on the solution from PDF Tools AG due to the high throughput rate, stability and reliability of its 3?Heights Document Converter Service.
When you create a PDF, youre painting a picture. Theres no logical connection between the letters comprising a word; characters simply happen at a series of locations on the rendered page. Why does this matter?
The combination of instructive product demonstrations and practical presentations on PDF/A found considerable resonance among professional attendees at the DMS Expo. Interest in PDF/A was equally high in all areas of application, such as scanning and capture applications, output management or integration in an ECM system. Visitors at the DMS EXPO also learned about impending advances, particularly the PDF/A-2 part of the standard to be published next year. It enables new PDF functions such as JPEG2000 compression, layers and entire folder structures to be included in archiving. PDF/A-2 also supports new comment functions as well as transparency effects.
The UK Chapter of the PDF/A Competence Centre has been launched, as part of the global expansion of the organisation, to meet the needs of customers and companies that offer PDF/A products and services in the UK. To mark its launch the Chapter will be hosting a half day seminar in London on Friday 19 November with an aim to provide a comprehensive introduction to the PDF/A (ISO 19005) standard for long-term archiving of electronic documents.
The PDF/A Competence Center, the professional association of the PDF/A community, expects great progress in PDF/A adoption over the next two years. The Centers new Board reflects increasing international focus, with Germanys Olaf Drümmer as the new chairman of the Board, new vice chair Duff Johnson from the United States and new Board member Stewart Rogers from the United Kingdom.
When the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai was established in 2003, its main focus was to create and service a world-class infrastructure for Dubai. Handling the mammoth amount of information generated during the creation and servicing of this infrastructure was a big challenge.
Since 2006, the requirement for using the PDF/A ISO standard as a preferred document format has been increasing in proposals and projects of public authorities and administrations. There are even some national agencies that now explicitly require PDF/A as their standard archiving format. This follows the concept of relying on open standards, instead of company-specific formats which can lead to problems in handling the documents in the future.
UBS AG is implementing a ground-breaking project together with PDF Tools AG for archiving business-critical web pages in a manner compliant with auditing requirements. The result: enhanced security for documentation and review of communications contents. And the corporate archivist is very happy.
The articles in this chapter contain the content of the Conference Track A: Archives & Libraries. For archives and libraries, long-term archiving virtually means forever! Special measures are required for both hardware and software, and PDF/A can fulfil many of the requirements for software and file formats.