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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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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.

5 reasons to attend PDF Days this June

There are many reasons to attend PDF Days this year. For one, June is the best time of the year to visit Berlin. The air is sweet, the trees are in bloom and the currywurst is hot!

On June 14-15, Berlin is also the place to be for those seeking knowledge and experience in the creation and management of electronic documents.

Why is PDF such an important technology? Here are five reasons to consider.

1. PDF is alive, well and growing

It’s hard to find any technology for which the proportion of Google searches increases over time. PDF is that technology. Not only are there billions of PDF files on the planet, not only is that number increasing by tens of millions each day… but the proportion of searches that include “PDF” continues to grow, as Google Trends makes clear.

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2. PDF remains fundamental to business operations

When it comes to exchanging documents, diagrams, contracts, invoices and many other document types there’s still no substitute for PDF technology, nor any replacement on the horizon. PDF is here, and it’s here to stay.

3. PDF is everywhere… and underutilized everywhere

PDF’s potential to enable new means of communication and reduce costs are still unrealized by the vast majority of customers. The power of PDF forms, PDF attachments, tagged PDF, 3D PDF and many other features are still unknown to the vast majority of end-users, IT professionals, ECM consultants and systems integrators, even in organizations which focus on reducing costs.

4. Awareness of PDF’s features is becoming more important

From the PDF/A archival standard to ZUGFeRD e-invoicing solutions, from accessible documents to transactional printing applications, PDF documents offer far more than a printable electronic document. More businesses are using PDF technology to automate and accomplish an ever-widening set of business tasks. From comparing documents to digital signatures to validation, increasing business reliance on PDF is spawning new and exciting uses for this globally-accepted technology.

5. PDF expertise, answers and solutions are at hand

This year’s PDF Days event is the largest ever, with four tracks, almost 50 sessions and an intensive day of Pre-Conference events. Dozens of world-class PDF experts will be available to answer questions, provide recommendations and more. Check out the PDF Days program of events, and register now!

Check out the PDF Days program of events, and register now!


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