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Shawna McAlearney is the Marketing Specialist for Appligent Document Solutions.
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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.

DMS EXPO: PDF/A Competence Center Shares Standards Information for Complete Approach to Content and Document Management

Members will offer comprehensive information on the applications of various International Standards for PDF, including PDF/A for archiving and PDF/VT for variable data and transactional printing.

July 14, 2011 (Berlin) – At the DMS EXPO, September 20-22, 2011, PDF/A Competence Center members will be available to share information about the complete family of PDF standards and how they contribute to a holistic approach for enterprise content, output and document management.

The PDF/A Competence Center is a cooperation partner of the VOI – Verband Organisations. At the main level of the VOI (Hall 7, Stand B 51), Competence Center members Adobe Systems, callas software, intarsys and  LuraTech Europe will answer questions and provide additional information on PDF Standards, in particular, PDF/A.

The PDF/A format is now the preferred archival format for many organizations and governments around the world. More and more companies and agencies are taking advantage of PDF/A benefits,  including layout fidelity and full text search capability. In June, PDF/A-2 was published by the International Standards Organization, making a number of important new features available,  including support for JPEG 2000, transparencies, layers and embedded PDF/A files.

The PDF/A Competence Center would also like to introduce DMS Expo attendees to another PDF Standard: PDF/VT, in which V stands for variable data printing and T for transactional printing. The PDF/A Competence Center initially became interested in PDF/VT in 2010 and organized a Special Interest Group. The Chairman of that Working Group, Mark Lewiecki of Adobe Systems and Stewart Rogers of Crawford Technologies will provide a balanced consideration of both the production and processing benefits of PDF/VT. PDF/VT-X has been used for a decade in the printing industry and adds features that are indispensable in output management.

The PDF/A Competence Center will offer a half-day seminar the day before the DMS EXPO to provide a few insights into PDF/VT. The presentations and subsequent panel discussion will include both technical and practical aspects of the PDF/VT format and its concrete implementation. The discussion will also cover the potential synergies for archiving with PDF/A and with respect to accessibility, the  PDF/UA standard expected for publication in 2012. Seminar participation costs 199 €, but is free for members of the PDF/A Competence Center.

The DMS EXPO will be held simultaneously with the IT & Business Trade Fair for software, infrastructure and IT services. Visitors to either conference can attend both events with one admittance.

About PDF/A
ISO 19005 (PDF/A) defines requirements for documents suitable for archiving using the popular and ubiquitous PDF format. The International Standard for archive-ready PDF provides requirements and specifications that ensure the long-term readability and full-text search functionality of documents regardless of the application software and operating system in which they were originally produced. The advantages of PDF/A are such that only 5 years after ratification the Standard has already replaced TIFF as the preferred archiving format in numerous international governmental organizations and industries.

About the PDF/A Competence Center
The PDF/A Competence Center was established in 2006 as an international association to promote information and the exchange of experience in the field of long-term archiving in accordance with ISO 19005: PDF/A. The Board is made up of executives from callas software GmbH, Compart AG, Crawford Technologies Inc., intarsys consulting GmbH and LuraTech Europe GmbH. In less than two years, more than 100 companies and various experts from more than 20 countries have become PDF/A Competence Center members. The Chairman is Olaf Drümmer, Managing Director of callas software GmbH. Duff Johnson is the executive vice chairman.

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PDF/A Competence Center
Thomas Zellmann
Neue Kantstr. 14
D-14057 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 39 40 50 – 0
Fax: +49 30 39 40 50 – 99

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Nicole Korber
Kolberger Str. 36
D-23617 Stockelsdorf
Phone: +49 451 881 99-12

Tags: DMS Expo, IT & Business Trade Fair, Transactional printing, archival format, electronic archive, variable printing
Categories: PDF/A, PDF/UA, Print & Publishing