Interview with Michael Demey, Research Manager at iText Group NV, about PDF Days Online 2021Michael Demey, Research Manager at iText Group NV, talks about his session “Future of Traversing PDF Files” at the PDF Days Online 2021.
PDF Association: At the PDF Days Online 2021, you will be hosting a presentation titled “Future of Traversing PDF Files” – what’s that about?
Michael Demey: Usually when navigating PDF files, you would think about doing so in an end-user manner, using viewers or assistive technology. But while two different PDF files can look very similar visually, they could have a completely different structure behind the scenes. This makes it more complex for PDF processors to try and navigate the structure of the PDF file in a consistent, and more importantly, portable way. At the PDF Association we are working on a few drafts that would try and provide a more abstract way of navigating these constructs.
PDF Association: Who is your presentation aimed at?
Michael Demey: PDF Developers and anyone who is remotely interested in how PDFs are structured.
PDF Association: What will the people who attend your presentation be able to take away from it?
Michael Demey: They will get a glimpse on new and upcoming technology that we’re working on and see it in action with some (rudimentary) prototypes!
PDF Association: The PDF Days Online 2021 has become the leading PDF event. What makes the PDF Days so unique in your mind?
Michael Demey: It is unique in the sense that I don’t know of any other event that focusses on PDF technology. The more serious answer would be that it is an interesting event to get a glimpse into what the PDF industry is doing and where it is going. It (usually) is also a nice opportunity to meet the people behind PDF and have a good time.
PDF Association: Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at the PDF Days Online 2021.