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Olaf Drümmer

Olaf Drümmer is founder and managing director of callas software, a Berlin/Germany based company specializing in PDF analysis and processing, and of axaio software, developer of software extensions for Adobe Indesign and QuarkXPress. In addition he has been actively involved in the development of PDF standards within ISO since 1999.
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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.

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…

WCAG 2.0 joins PDF/UA as an ISO standard

With Monday’s publication of W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) as ISO/IEC 40500, ISO standards now provide accessibility requirements for a large fraction of the world’s electronic content.

While ISO 14289 (PDF/UA) governs the creation and use of accessible PDF documents and forms, ISO/IEC 40500 (WCAG 2.0) provides normative principles, guidelines and success criteria for accessible web content. WCAG 2.0 is fundamentally rooted in traditional web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript, but the standard also provides much-needed guidance for multimedia, graphic design and other considerations.

Organizations that implement both WCAG 2.0 and PDF/UA will be able to meet the highest standards for ensuring both web-based and PDF content is accessible to users with disabilities.

Chairman of the PDF Association Olaf Drümmer said: “The PDF Association welcomes the addition of WCAG 2.0 to the expanding list of ISO standards addressing accessibility in electronic content.  Coupled with PDF/UA, which was published in August of 2012, it’s now possible to use ISO standards to meet the needs of organizations for a standardized approach to accessibility across a wide range of content.”


Tags: PDF/UA, WCAG, acccessible PDF, accessible, accessible conent
Categories: PDF/UA