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The PDF Association’s work to advance accessibility

January 2024 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)

The PDF Association provides a vendor-neutral meeting-place for PDF technology stakeholders. A major focus of its work, and of the member-driven communities it hosts, is accessibility.

Today, the PDF Association operates 20 active Working Groups made up of experts from its member companies, liaison organizations and individual consultants. 30% of these groups are engaged, either directly or indirectly, with advancing accessibility in PDF technology.

This article reviews the PDF Association’s work on this vital subject, and provides a preview of the new publications and resources to come in 2024.

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UNSAFE-DOCS: a new SafeDocs Corpus including the Voice of the Offense

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 digitalcorpora.org.

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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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December 2023 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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Join this webinar to learn why PDF/X-1a was a good idea 20 years ago, but no longer today and find … Read more

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December 2023 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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The Imaging Model Technical Working Group (TWG) will now focus on the research, specification, and prototyping at the very core … Read more

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November 2023 by Dietrich von Seggern (callas software GmbH)
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Callas software’s Dietrich von Seggern describes a few of the innovative technologies under consideration for PDF as discussed at the … Read more

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October 2023 by Peter Wyatt (PDF Association)
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Although PDF is commonly understood as a single holistic file format, in reality, PDF comprises a number of distinct dialects, … Read more

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October 2023 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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5 years ago the PDF Accessibility LWG began a project to develop a set of accessibility techniques for PDF files. … Read more

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October 2023 by National Archives and Records Administration

New federal regulations set digitization standards for permanent records and require agencies to manage their permanent records in digital format.

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September 2023 by Thomas Zellmann (PDF Association)
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To encourage marketing staff to sign up for the PDF Technology Marketing Working Group we decided to record a recent … Read more

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September 2023 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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PDF Week in San Francisco this October is hosting a free industry Symposium on Advancing the PDF Imaging Model! There’s … Read more

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