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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.

CeBIT 2012: PDF Association Has the Answers to Your Questions about PDF Standards and Solutions

Seeking expert advice on PDF standards like PDF/A, PDF/VT, PDF/UA and PDF/X? The PDF Association, an International PDF standards group, will be offering its expertise in current and future PDF standards at CeBIT 2012. Our experts will be on-hand to answer questions and provide standards-compliant solutions for all PDF formats.

With a particular focus on “Managing Trust”, CeBIT 2012 will be putting the spotlight on issues of protection and security in the digital world. PDF has an important role to play in this debate as it can influence the efficiency of linked processes and operational divisions in a variety of ways. In a world where security breaches are daily news, enterprises are coming to the conclusion that it is important to adhere to ISO standards, especially when dealing with popular file types such as PDF.

PDF/A in particular has established itself as a long-term archiving format; many businesses and public institutions are implementing PDF/A for strategic purposes in their core business and as a general requirement in IT projects. This inevitably results in numerous, complex questions about carrying out specific, individual PDF projects. The PDF Association’s experts can provide comprehensive support and complete explanations, including uses for the various PDF/A standards. For example, we can demonstrate fields of application for PDF/UA (Universal Accessibility) or explain how PDF/VT (V for Variable Data Printing, T for Transactional Printing) can optimize output management processes.

“The PDF standards field is constantly changing, creating a real need for education and information,” explains Olaf Drümmer, chairman of the PDF Association board. “The growing significance of PDF as a completely open digital document format means that future standards need to reflect current business and compliance requirements.”

The standards continue to evolve; some noteworthy developments include:

  • The PDF standard itself (ISO 32000) is an important milestone. In handing over control of the PDF format to the ISO, Adobe gave the international PDF community the opportunity to shape the future development of the PDF within the ISO’s framework, with Adobe’s continuing involvement in the process.
  • The still relatively new PDF/VT standard is gaining increasing influence in the output management sector. It is intended for high-volume printing with a particular need to preserve documents’ aesthetic appeal. PDF/VT is based on the PDF/X standard, which has been in widespread use in the printing industry for a decade, and adds new performance features that are indispensable for output management.
  • PDF/UA is now close to publication. The international standard for universally accessible PDF is important for organizations that are required to adhere to accessibility directives (including Section 508 in the USA, Canada’s “Common Look and Feel Standard” and the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) in the United Kingdom). PDF/UA provides the features that standards such as WCAG 2.0 and the German equivalent BITV 2.0 have already achieved in the online world; clear specifications for ensuring effective accessibility, not just for websites but for PDF files too. PDF/UA is currently in the DIS (Draft International Standard) stage and is expected to be published in mid-2012.

The following PDF Association members will be attending CeBIT 2012:

ABBYY Europe GmbH: Hall 3, Stand F16
callas software GmbH: Hall 3, Stand A18
DocPath Corp.: Hall 3, Stand B19/1
icon Systemhaus GmbH: Hall 3, Stand A18
IntraFind Software AG: Hall 3, Stand D34/1
Janich & Klass GmbH: Hall 3, Stand J30
LuraTech Europe GmbH: Hall 3, Stand A18
microform GmbH: Hall 3, Stand J30
OPTIMAL SYSTEMS GmbH: Hall 3, Stand J18
SRZ GmbH & Co.KG: Hall 3, Stand G30
Zöller & Partner GmbH: Hall 3, Stand A18

About the PDF Association
Formerly known as the PDF/A Competence Center, the PDF Association is an international organization promoting awareness and adoption of open standards in digital document applications using PDF technology.

The association facilitates communication, connections and the sharing of expertise and experience with interested parties worldwide. The current membership includes over 100 enterprises and numerous individual subject-matter experts from more than 20 countries.

The management board includes industry leaders from callas software GmbH, Compart AG, Crawford Technologies Inc., intarsys consulting GmbH, LuraTech Europe GmbH and NetCentric US. The association’s chairman is Olaf Drümmer, CEO of callas software GmbH. Duff Johnson, President of NetCentric US is the deputy chairman.

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Tags: CeBIT 2012, standards-compliant solutions
Categories: PDF, PDF/UA