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PDF Week shapes the future of PDF

PDF Week Fall 2023 in San Francisco covered subjects ranging from HDR to compression, color fonts, animation, accessibility and (much!) more!
About the author: The PDF Association staff delivers a vendor-neutral platform for PDF’s stakeholders, facilitating the development of open specifications and ISO standards for PDF technology. Staff members include: Alexandra Oettler (Editor), Betsy Fanning … Read more

During its just-concluded PDF Week for the fall of 2023 the PDF Association hosted 50 industry experts in-person and 30 more online during its Symposium on Advancing the PDF Imaging Model

PDF Week in San Francisco, wide angle.

With presentations from both member and non-member organizations and individual experts specializing in color, codecs, office applications, graphic design and web technology, we covered subjects ranging from HDR to compression, color fonts, animation and (much!) more. The result: a successful kick-off of industry-wide discussions on the work to be done.

The big news? Those present were broadly in favor of updating PDF to support the latest technologies, even if this means that existing implementations will need to change. 

The work of advancing PDF’s imaging model will continue in the PDF Association’s Imaging Model TWG, with an updated schedule coming soon.

Besides the Symposium, PDF Week included in-person meetings of the PDF TWG, Digital Signature TWG, Accessibility LWG, Rich Media TWG, PDF Forms TWG, Deriving HTML from PDF TWG, PDF/UA Processor LWG, PDF Reuse TWG, PDF/UA TWG, PDF/A TWG, and EA-PDF LWG.

In addition to the industry’s own working groups the respective ISO working groups of ISO TC 171 SC 2 met to advance ISO standardization on a number of fronts. Among other developments we look forward to updating PDF/A and PDF/X in the near future, as well as the soon-to-be-published and long-awaiting PDF/UA-2!

Thanks go especially to PDF Week’s Key sponsors Adobe, callas software and Foxit, and to Industry sponsors Apryse, Datalogics and TargetStream Technologies for helping to make PDF Week possible… and such a success!

The next PDF Week is scheduled for February 5-9, 2024 and will be held entirely online, so put it in your calendar now!

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