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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.

PDF Days Europe 2015 established as Europe’s leading PDF standards event

Berlin/Cologne. 2015’s PDF Days Europe in Cologne has proved a complete success for another year running. Over 100 participants, around half of whom from user firms, took advantage of the opportunity to learn everything they needed to know about the different PDF standards, as well as the latest news and developments in the world of PDF technology, over the course of just two days. Attendees gave particular praise to the event’s focus on practical applications; with project-related presentations demonstrating concrete application scenarios, and one track dedicated to demonstrating how PDF standards can make day-to-day work easier. The PDF Association used the occasion of PDF/A’s tenth birthday to award the first PDF/A User Award to DAK-Gesundheit, the health insurance provider which adopted a color scanning system using highly-compressed PDF/A files in 2012.

“We are naturally very pleased that the PDF Days Europe has seen such a positive response, and that more and more visitors are coming from other continents such as Asia and Australia”, said Thomas Zellmann, managing director of the PDF Association. “We can take it as a sign that we made the right decisions regarding the range of subjects discussed and our close focus on practical applications,” he said.

At the beginning of this year’s PDF Days Europe a series of “7 Minutes” presentationsallowed users to explain how they have implemented and used PDF standards in their own organizations. Project-related presentations went in-depth with the life insurance firm Alte Leipziger and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological, Urban and Regional Development.

One track on day two’s Solutions Day consisted of advice from experts, offering tips and tricks for using PDF documents in practice. “Although PDF is now a widespread and popular format”, explained Olaf Drümmer, “many of our members are finding that most actual functions provided by modern PDF programs remain completely unknown – which is why we put this series of presentations on the agenda.”

Other presentation tracks running in parallel rounded out the comprehensive knowledge base on offer, covering subjects such as output management, e-invoicing with ZUGFeRD, universally accessible PDF documents, and mobile applications.

Video recordings of these presentations will be available soon at www.pdfa.org.

About the PDF Association

First established as the PDF/A Competence Center in 2006, today, the PDF Association is an international organization promoting awareness and adoption of open standards in digital document applications using PDF technology.

The association facilitates education, networking and communication, 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 Adlib Information Systems Inc., Adobe Systems Inc., callas software GmbH, Datalogics Inc., DocuSign Inc., intarsys consulting GmbH, levigo solutions GmbH, LuraTech Europe GmbH, Nitro Software Inc. and Satz-Rechen-Zentrum (SRZ). The association’s chairman is Olaf Drümmer, CEO of callas software GmbH. Peter Duff, President and CEO of Adlib Software, is the association’s vice-chairman.

Editorial Contacts for North America:

PDF Association
Duff Johnson
Phone: +1.617 283 4226

Editorial Contacts for Europe:

Thomas Zellmann
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D-14057 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 39 40 50 – 0
Fax: +49 30 39 40 50 – 99

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