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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.

What the experts are saying


Accessibility experts Klaus-Peter Wegge and Markus Riesch report on their first impressions of PDF/UA and assess how it can grow from here.

Foto - Klaus-Peter Wegge, Siemens AGKlaus-Peter Wegge, Siemens AG: Klaus-Peter Wegge is head of the Siemens AG Accessibility Competence Center in Paderborn, Germany. A trained computer scientist, he has been helping design accessible products and services since 1995. His team offers consulting services as well as developing and testing new technologies and applications in the accessibility sector, both for a wide range of projects for specific customers and for European research projects. As an accessibility expert – and as someone affected by disability himself – he promotes the subject in industry associations such as BITKOM and DIGITALEUROPE. He also works on global, European and domestic standardisation projects and advises government bodies on the technical issues involved in promoting accessibility in Germany and Europe.

“It’s high time we had a standard like this! PDF/UA is a thoroughly rigorous idea and one that just works. One hopes that PDF accessibility will now become universal, error-free and far easier than before. I see some issues with acceptance, though, unless word processing software can make it easy to directly create PDF/UA documents which the author can then immediately check. Screen readers should also start fully supporting PDF/UA as soon as possible. The NVDA screen reader is ahead of the pack here. It would be excellent if free tools existed to convert PDF/UA documents to other formats such as HTML or Daisy. We will first systematically test PDF/UA before we recommend it to our customers or start using it ourselves. It would be a real step forward for disabled users if this format became widely adopted as soon as possible; it would finally end any legitimate debates about PDF accessibility.”


Markus Riesch, Markus Riesch, “Access for All”: Markus Riesch has been the managing director of the Swiss-based Access For All foundation since 2004. He works to promote access to ICT for people with disabilities and represents their interests in national and international bodies. Among other duties, he is a member of the Federal Working Group for Creating Guidelines for Accessible Websites (P028) and head of the eCH specialist group for Accessibility.

“PDF/UA is an important step forward for PDF accessibility. Only an international standard will make it possible for authoring software, validation tools, browsers and assistive technology such as screen readers to accept the required technical specifications. PDF/UA creates a clear set of requirements which both software developers and PDF creators can use. And finally, this international standard gives a reference for legislators around the world. We’d like to be a part of that. That’s why we’re developing the first validation tool for PDF/UA-compliant PDFs, the PDF Accessibility Checker 2.0 for Windows. It will be released for free by the Access For All foundation in summer 2013.”

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Tags: NVDA, PDF/UA check, screen reader
Categories: PDF/UA