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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.

Upcoming PDF Day DC proves popular!

Some of the speakers at PDF Day DC.The PDF Association returns to Washington DC next Monday, January 29, 2018 for PDF Day DC, a single day packed with 18 sessions in six interest-areas; Accessible PDF, Archiving with PDF, PDF in Engineering, Output, Workflow and Section 508 management.

We’re almost completely out of tickets! Representatives from over 50 federal and state agencies are coming to PDF Day; even so, a third of the attendees will be representing commercial organizations that support government operations in various document-related ways.

Everyone uses PDF technology one way or another.

The PDF Association is celebrating a new alliance; the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Library of Congress have both recently joined the PDF Association as Liaison Organizations. This allows each organizations’ technical personnel to access the same benefits as all full PDF Association members; PDF Association technical resources and interest-groups, access to the latest developments in ISO standardization, the ability to submit comments, and more.

Part of NARA’s mission is to help all federal agencies in archiving their important documents in accordance with current best-practice and aware of the latest techniques and technologies in electronic document management. Accordingly, NARA is hosting PDF Day DC at the landmark National Archives Building in downtown Washington DC. For over 200 people, it seems, PDF Day will be both informative and memorable.

PDF Day DC is especially timely due to NARA’s recent draft strategic guidance for Federal agencies. NARA plans to stop accepting paper documents for archive in 2023… and PDF is going to be a big part of that story.

In its formality, the National Archives Building is, in its way, a monument to stability. Democracy itself it preserved, if not exactly ‘archived’, by way of executing on the National Archives’ mission. The PDF Association is proud to gather 18 experts in PDF technology to the National Archives to talk about the document format that everyone uses but few think about.

If you’ve not yet registered for PDF Day DC… hurry! The event is almost completely sold out; last I checked there was about 15 tickets left.

Categories: Archives & Libraries, Document Management, Government