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PDF Fragment Identifiers

June 2024 by Peter Wyatt (PDF Association)

Websites can use URI fragments for PDF references so that when visitors need to interact with PDF content, the precise content can be referenced, providing a quick and helpful experience instead of a generic and unfriendly “it’s somewhere in this long PDF document – work it out for yourself”.

This article is for those who wish to focus on improving the user experience for website visitors needing to access specific content in PDF documents. In addition to a review of fragment identifiers and an analysis of current browser support, the article includes test URLs referencing PDFs with various features that can be used by, or influence, PDF fragment identifiers.

We hope that browser development teams will pay closer attention to the needs of their end-users when accessing web-delivered PDF content. This includes fully supporting a broader set of ISO-standardized PDF fragment identifiers in browsers’ default configurations.

Preparing for PDF files “from the future”

May 2024 by Peter Wyatt (PDF Association)
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LOGIN REQUIRED: These synthetic files are intended for user experience and human-computer interaction (HCI) specialists to assess the behavior of their current generation of PDF applications to ensure that appropriate … Read more

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May 2024 by Peter Wyatt (PDF Association)
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Accurately understanding the kinds of data that can be in a PDF and how it is stored can be very … Read more

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April 2024 by Peter Wyatt (PDF Association)
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All ISO publications are written according to a set of rules known as the ISO Directives. In this article, the … Read more

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April 2024 by axes4 GmbH
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Accessibility is vital for ensuring that everyone, regardless of their abilities, can fully participate in society. This article delves into … Read more

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March 2024 by Peter Wyatt (PDF Association)
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How meaningful is PDF’s version number? SafeDocs’ research reveals that 20% of extant files contain features that exceed the stated … Read more

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March 2024 by Peter Wyatt (PDF Association)
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Peter Wyatt shares his custom metadata panels – very useful for discovering ISO standards and PDF Declarations metadata! (until vendors … Read more

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February 2024 by Duff Johnson (PDF Association)
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It’s time for AI integrators to help authors make semantically rich documents… and step up their game on PDF inputs.

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January 2024 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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A major focus of the PDF Association’s work is to increase awareness and adoption of standards and best practices for … Read more

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January 2024 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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The PDF, ICC, NITF and video datasets used in SafeDocs’ performer hackathons and evaluations are now available for download from … Read more

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December 2023 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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In 2023, the volunteers and staff of the PDF Association were busier than ever, with new working groups, resources, and … Read more

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December 2023 by Duff Johnson (PDF Association)
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It’s difficult to find other search terms that share PDF’s continuous upwards trend. Few technologies show this resilience, especially over … Read more

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