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The PDF Association publishes a variety of documents and other resources to help developers, product managers, and others interested in leveraging PDF to meet their business and organizational objectives.

Most publications listed on pdfa.org are developed through our publications process, and are freely available to members and non-members alike.

PDF Association members may access drafts of current and upcoming ISO standards via the members-only intranet.

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PDF in Manufacturing

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Today, PDF is at the heart of manufacturing and engineering communications. PDF technology supports manufacturing worldwide, conveying ideas, plans, communications, contracts, specifications, contracts… and of course, 2D and 3D drawings …

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PDF 2.0 Application Note 003: Use of object metadata streams

This document summarizes exactly where PDF creators should add XMP metadata to PDF objects, and thus where PDF processors should search for it.

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PDF in Manufacturing

Today, PDF is at the heart of manufacturing and engineering communications. PDF technology supports manufacturing worldwide, conveying ideas, plans, communications, contracts, specifications, contracts… and of course, 2D and 3D drawings and supporting content throughout complex workflows and across corporate, organizational …

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Current ISO work related to PDF

This resource is intended to help implementers stay current on ISO committee work pertaining to PDF technology. It is updated regularly.

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Normative references of ISO 32000-2:202x

To help implementers stay current the PDF Association maintains a page of links to current versions of documents normatively referenced from ISO 32000-2:202x.

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PDF Declarations

ISO-standardized subsets of PDF such as PDF/A, PDF/UA and PDF/X already include identification mechanisms. However, in many cases users of PDF files would like to leverage 3rd party standards or other profiles of PDF to meet specific needs. The PDF …

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Electronic Document Conference – the sessions

Videos from the Electronic Document Conference 2019, held in Seattle, WA. The videos are posted on YouTube.

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Deriving HTML from PDF

This document describes an algorithm for producing conforming HTML from a well-tagged PDF document. HTML was chosen as a derivation target because HTML is consumed on all platforms and supported by all major vendors.

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Tagged PDF Best Practice Guide: Syntax

The latest update to the original Tagged PDF Best Practice Guide includes guidance for all structure element types and attributes, and provides forward-looking guidance for PDF 2.0.

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PDF Products and Services 2019

PDF Association members showcase the diversity of electronic document solutions in “PDF Products & Services 2019”.

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PDF Association flyer

This flyer offers an introduction to the PDF Association for industry and users alike. It is available in both A4 and US letter page sizes. Both PDF documents conform with PDF/A-2a and PDF/UA-1. Download your copy today!

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