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Shawna McAlearney

Shawna McAlearney is the Marketing Specialist for Appligent Document Solutions.
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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.

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.

UK Chapter of the PDF/A Competence Centre Launches

15th October 2010, London – The UK Chapter of the PDF/A Competence Centre (PDFACC) 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.

“This seminar is our first event of many, helping to increase visibility of the PDF/A standard in the region. There are several companies that provide PDF/A solutions in the UK, but it is our hope that major organisations and government offices will get involved in the UK Chapter to further the use of the format as a standard for long-term archiving and retrieval,” said Stewart Rogers, Chairman of the UK Chapter of the PDF/A Competence Centre and General Manager for European Operations at Crawford Technologies Inc.

PDF/A experts from across Europe will speak at the event including Gary Hodkinson, Managing Director of LuraTech Ltd who will take a look at the benefits of PDF/A for scanned documents. Martin Bailey, CTO of Global Graphics Software Ltd will reveal all about PDF/A requirements, conformance levels and timelines and Thomas Zellmann, MD of PDF/A Competence Centre will be illustrating how the standard is already being implemented in both Europe and the USA and its future outlook.

PDF/A has been an ISO standard since 2005, governing the use of PDF format for the long-term archiving of electronic documents. The PDF/A standard is the result of more than three years of committee work by business representatives and members of different associations from around the world.

The PDF/A Competence Centre was founded as an international association to address the high demand for information about PDF/A and to promote the exchange of ideas and experience. The combined knowledge of numerous PDF/A experts is, therefore, available to interested parties in one package. The association regularly conducts events and seminars and contributes to further standardisation.

To register for “Introduction to PDF/A” on Friday, 19th November 2010, 13:00 – 17:00 at the Hubworking Centre, 5 Wormwood St, London, EC2M 1RQ, visit:


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Categories: PDF/A