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The PDF Association publishes a variety of documents and other resources to help developers, product managers, and others interested in leveraging PDF to meet their business and organizational objectives.

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Ask the PDF industry! The PDF Association Solution Agent supports of the organization’s ongoing mission to serve the needs of both PDF technology users and PDF industry software, services providers …



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Stressful PDF Corpus

Understanding the problems faced by diverse parsers can be a great learning experience. The “Issue Tracker” corpus of stressful PDF files was originally developed under the DARPA-funded “SafeDocs” program.



ISO 32000-2:2020 (PDF 2.0)

ISO 32000-2:2020 is the current version of the PDF specification. It was developed by the volunteers of ISO TC 171 SC 2 WG 8.



Solution Agent

Ask the PDF industry! The PDF Association Solution Agent supports of the organization’s ongoing mission to serve the needs of both PDF technology users and PDF industry software, services providers and consultants. Previously, those seeking expertise and solutions leveraging PDF …



PDF/UA Reference Suite 1.1

The PDF/UA Reference Suite is a resource for software developers and practitioners interested in best-practices for creating tagged and accessible PDF files



PDF in Manufacturing

Today, PDF is at the heart of manufacturing and engineering communications. PDF technology supports manufacturing worldwide, conveying ideas, plans, communications, contracts, specifications, contracts… and of course, 2D and 3D drawings and supporting content throughout complex workflows and across corporate, organizational …



Current ISO work related to PDF

This resource is intended to help implementers stay current on ISO committee work pertaining to PDF technology. It is updated regularly.



Normative references of ISO 32000-2:2020

To help implementers stay current the PDF Association maintains a page of links to current versions of documents normatively referenced from ISO 32000-2:202x.



PDF Declarations

ISO-standardized subsets of PDF such as PDF/A, PDF/UA and PDF/X already include identification mechanisms. However, in many cases users of PDF files would like to leverage 3rd party standards or other profiles of PDF to meet specific needs. The PDF …



Electronic Document Conference – the sessions

Videos from the Electronic Document Conference 2019, held in Seattle, WA. The videos are posted on YouTube.



Deriving HTML from PDF

This document describes an algorithm for producing conforming HTML from a well-tagged PDF document. HTML was chosen as a derivation target because HTML is consumed on all platforms and supported by all major vendors.