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Duff Johnson

A veteran of the electronic document space, Duff Johnson is an independent consultant, Executive Director of the PDF Association and ISO Project co-Leader (and US TAG chair) for ISO 32000 and ISO 14289.
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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.

Thinking Beyond the PDF

Why not publish scientific papers and supporting data in a seamless, dynamic, interactive package? At the Beyond the PDF workshop, attendees are looking for big new gains in research productivity, peer-review, dissemination, cross-referencing and more.

Some authors are entranced by the possibilities for reinvigorating science education. They see the chance to bring students closer to the data than ever before, and believe that new sources of inspiration could revolutionize the process of drawing young minds into science and engineering.

If only the publishers, libraries, institutions and technology people would just get their act together, they say, the pace of progress itself would accelerate, encompassing source materials, built-in interactive analysis tools, social media, and more.

I’d like to offer one perspective from the point of view of an organization which has helped dozens of science publishers, pharmaceutical companies, engineering organizations and other demanding consumers of document technologies transition into the digital realm. There’s lots of room for open-source and commercial solutions alike, and the solution is nearer at hand than many might think.

It’s called PDF/E.

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Tags: pdf alternatives, science
Categories: PDF/E, Print & Publishing