PDF/A-3 is a powerful tool for mapping projects and document structures and also for converting work documents into archive documents. Compared to PDF/A-1 and PDF/A-2, which are nonetheless valid, this standard part is characterized by the fact that any file formats can be embedded. Last month, we wrote a blog 'Save the data' on 2 specific examples: "ZUGFeRD" for hybrid electronic invoices and "Drawing-free Product Documentation" from the German car manufacturer association. The question, 'does archiving PDF/A-3 documents raise questions about the archivability of embedded files' is justified by many concrete and meaningful applications in this blog.
The print sector in the form of, for example, printed catalogues, price lists or postal mailing campaigns, continues to form an important pillar and these instruments are in demand for individualised addressing, for example special advertising campaigns. Therefore, the question arises whether it is possible to apply the same individualization techniques in both the digital and the print sector.
One of the questions that have been discussed at the recent PDF Days was whether a PDF can comply to more than just one ISO standard. Some of the attendees seem to have been confused by the amount of different standards. I guess it is a legitimate question why we have so many different standards and how difficult it would be to create a PDF that complies with more than just one of them. So, I wrote this blog.
In my opinion, the ability to attach files to PDF ranks very high in the (long) list of PDF features that have a lot of power but are not widely used. Standards define ways to embed additional machine readable information into a PDF overcoming the dilemma that has been reported as "PDF is where data dies".
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