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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.

Further information on PDF/A

The PDF/A Competence Centre, today a part of the PDF Association, was founded very shortly after PDF/A first appeared as an ISO standard. This international organisation aims to promote the development and usage of PDF standards. To that end, the PDF Association targets users, developers and decision-makers equally and helps its members exchange information worldwide.

The portal to the PDF Association 

A good starting point for anyone with questions about PDF/A or PDF in general is the PDF Association’s website. At www.pdfa.org, you can find information in English and German about current development, from all relevant industries and from suppliers worldwide. Comprehensive background information and example applications explain the technology behind PDF/A and its use in practice. You can view a video-on-demand series about PDF/A and other PDF standards. The website offers an overview of PDF- and PDF/A-related software products and services.

Users can contact the Association with specific questions. To do so, simply register on the website and describe your request on the discussion forum. Specialists and practitioners from around the world will provide informed answers and suggestions.

PDF Association events

The PDF Association attends international trade shows and other events on subjects such as document management, digital media and electronic archiving. For years the Association has also organised specialist seminars and technical conferences around the world. Companies and public authorities seeking a speaker on PDF/A for their event can find support at the PDF Association: interested parties can simply enquire about a presentation using a form at www.pdfa.org.

Some countries also have direct contact persons in the Association’s local chapters. For a complete list, including contact details, please visit the Association’s website.


Anyone aiming to work actively to develop and expand use of the PDF standard can become a member of the PDF Association, whether an individual or an entire organisation.

Membership allows a company to present itself on the PDF Association’s portal and to publish its own announcements, press releases and articles on the website. They can also present their software solutions and services within the Association’s product showcase. The Association also has especially favorable terms for presenting products and strategies at trade shows and other events. Members also have exclusive access to the Association’s intranet.

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