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PDF 2.0 Application Note 002: Associated Files

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The Associated Files feature allows PDF writers to provide additional information about files related to a PDF file in a standardized and therefore machine-readable manner.



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PDF/UA Reference Suite

The PDF/UA Reference Suite is a resource for software developers and practitioners interested in best-practices for creating tagged and accessible PDF files



PDF Day 2014 (DC and NY): Session Recordings

In late 2014, over two days in Washington DC and New York City over 20 experts came together to offer high-level educational sessions on PDF technology. Links to each session recording are provided below: Introduction: What is PDF, who owns …



The Matterhorn Protocol 1.02

To promote adoption of PDF/UA by software developers and document testers alike, the PDF Association’s PDF/UA Competence Center developed the Matterhorn Protocol, a list of all the possible ways to fail PDF/UA. Following the requirements of PDF/UA, the document consists …



PDF/A-1 Technical Notes – Origins

Prior to development of the Isartor Test Suite, the PDF/A Competence Center Technical Working Group (TWG) led the way in development of best practices and other tools to support ISO standards for mainstream PDF technology. Between April, 2007 and March …



PDF/VT (Flyer)

In August 2010, following three years of global collaboration by industry leaders, the International Standards Organization published the specification for PDF/VT, a.k.a. ISO 16612-2. PDF/VT is built on the foundation of the PDF imaging model, widely recognized as the richest …



PDF Association flyers (English)

Download “Promoting ISO Standards for PDF Technology” Download “ISO 19005: A Series of Standards for Long-term Digital Archiving” Download “ISO 14289: The new standard for universally accessible PDF documents and forms” Download “ISO 16612-2 – The PDF Standard for Personalized …



Cal Poly Graphic Communications PDF/VT Test File Suite –1.0.1

The Cal Poly Graphic Communications PDF/VT Test File Suite provides a collection of four sets of graphically-rich, robust, valid PDF/VT files for testing and demonstrating products claiming support of consumption of files conforming to the ISO 16612-2 PDF/VT standard. The PDF Association …



PDF Day 2013 (Seattle): Session Recordings

PDF Day events consist of a number of strictly educational (no product pitches allowed) presentations. The video recordings are now stored on YouTube. PDF Technical Conference 2013 PDF/A Day 2013



PDF/UA in a Nutshell

ISO 14289-1, more commonly known as PDF/UA, was first published in the summer of 2012 as the first complete definition of a set of requirements for universally accessible PDF documents. Rather than applying to the PDF file format alone, these …



PDF/A in a Nutshell 2.0

PDF/A is an ISO standard for using the PDF format for long-term archiving of digital documents. Since its publication in 2005, PDF/A has become the format of choice for archiving digital documents in a wide range of industries and applications. …



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