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Duff Johnson

A veteran of the electronic document space, Duff Johnson is an independent consultant, Executive Director of the PDF Association and ISO Project co-Leader (and US TAG chair) for ISO 32000 and ISO 14289.
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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.

What’s PDF Week?

If you are reading this and already know that you’re going to be in Bellevue, Washington in the first week of December, the chances are that you are already planning to attend PDF Week!

For others who might not be quite so obsessed, “PDF week” is an informal name for a meeting of ISO Committees that operate and develop several international standards for everyone’s favorite file format.

PDF Week happens (generally) twice a year, sometimes with the larger TC 171 SC 2 committees, sometimes not. In Bellevue, it’ll be all PDF, all the time. On the table for discussion December 5-8:

  • ISO 32000-2, this is one of the last chances for substantive input into PDF 2.0, the next version of PDF itself.
  • ISO 14289-1, the 2nd DIS ballot for PDF/ UA- 1 closed in September 2011 with 100% approval. We sincerely hope that this is the last meeting prior to publication of this long-awaited Standard for Accessible PDF!
  • While ISO 19005-2 was published over the summer, we anticipate completion of ISO 19005-3, in relatively short order. -3 represents only a very minor change, technically speaking, but one that offers substantial functionality to a variety of larger users of PDF/A.
  • ISO 24517 (PDF/E) is working towards part 2 in which it will encompass 3D and encryption technologies in the Engineering subset PDF Standard.

If you are interested in any of these subjects and live in a TC 171 country (there’s a list), you may be eligible to attend these meetings. We can help you with this, just get in touch.


Tags: ISO Committee meeting, pdf week, standards updates
Categories: PDF, PDF/A, PDF/E, PDF/UA