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Resources – PDF Association

Technical Notes, best-practice guides, test suites, educational videos and more

As part of its mission of promoting awareness and adoption of ISO-standardized PDF technology, the PDF Association publishes a wide variety of documents intended to meet the needs of developers, product managers, and others interested in leveraging PDF to meet their business and organisational objectives.

With the exception of the ISO standards themselves, most publications listed on pdfa.org are freely available to members and non-members alike. PDF Association members may access drafts of current and upcoming ISO standards via the members-only intranet.


PDF 2.0 Application Note 002: Associated Files

PDF 2.0

The Associated Files feature allows PDF writers to provide additional information about files related to a PDF file in a …



PDF/A (Flyer)


PDF/A is the ISO standard for archiving electronic documents using the PDF format. The first part, PDF/A-1, was published on …

PDF/UA (Flyer)


PDF/UA is the common name for ISO 14289. An international standard approved in 2012, PDF/UA defines how to represent electronic …

ISO 14289 (PDF/UA)

ISO standard

The accessibility of an electronic document is dependent on the inclusion of a variety of semantic information such as (but …

PDF/UA Reference Suite

Test suite

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

PDF Day 2014 (DC and NY): Session Recordings


In late 2014, over two days in Washington DC and New York City over 20 experts came together to offer …

The Matterhorn Protocol 1.02

Best practice

To promote adoption of PDF/UA by software developers and document testers alike, the PDF Association’s PDF/UA Competence Center developed the …

PDF/A-1 Technical Notes – Origins

Technical notes

Prior to development of the Isartor Test Suite, the PDF/A Competence Center Technical Working Group (TWG) led the way in …

PDF/VT (Flyer, deutsch)


Im August 2011 veröffentlichte die ISO (International Organization for Standar- dization) nach über dreijähriger, weltweiter Zusammenarbeit die PDF/VT-Norm, auch bekannt …

PDF/VT (Flyer)


In August 2010, following three years of global collaboration by industry leaders, the International Standards Organization published the specification for …

PDF/A (Flyer, deutsch)


PDF/A ist ein ISO-Standard für die Verwendung des PDF-For- mats in der Langzeitarchivierung elektronischer Dokumente. Der erste Nortmteil PDF/A-1 wurde …

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