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What AI should be doing with documents

February 2024 by Duff Johnson (PDF Association)

Although Artificial Intelligence (AI) is beginning to dramatically transform how users interact with and process documents, weaknesses remain. Even when the training data is tightly quality controlled, AI’s results are not necessarily trustworthy.

Although AI is already assisting in authoring, data extraction, and content management, AI tools can only be as good as their inputs and training. If input data is biased, AI models are helpless to resolve – or even detect – the problem, a major source of AI hallucinations. But, as Air Canada, Michael Cohen, and many others have already realized, relying on AI for critical tasks should prompt far more due diligence than their ease of use implies. AI is a near-miraculous assistant, but trust must be earned, not given.

Competent processing of inputs is a sine qua non for competent, trustworthy AI. So far, however, we see AI developers relying on data volume and (apparently) ignoring data quality.

This article highlights the potential for AI authoring assistants to establish rich and trustworthy semantics and the significance of quality ingestion tools to leverage those trusted semantics. AI is a near-miraculous assistant, but trust must still be earned, not given.

The PDF Association’s work to advance accessibility

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 accessibility.

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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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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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