I am just back from the PDF Association’s annual event, the EDC (Electronic Document Conference), in Seattle. In short: I think it was a very good event and I am happy that we decided to have it in North America this year. (That’s a picture of Mount Rainier in the blog post cover, taken from Lake Washington during the evening boat tour.) It is always helpful to talk about recent PDF developments and to hear what others, end users as well as developers, think about those. One thing that we (the attendees) came back to various times during the event is that PDF has many more features than currently being used and that it is important to educate users and developers – which made for the title of this blog post. Part of that mission is that from now on, this annual event will alternate between Europe (next year) and North America.
For people with physical disabilities, such as severely impaired vision, reading on a computer with technical aids is much easier than reading on paper. It therefore makes sense to make technical documentation available electronically, and thus make it accessible to as many people as possible. Guess which is the preferred format for achieving this and how does it add value for everyone?
At the DocEng conference, I met a lot of academics and professionals discussing interesting requirements and solutions related to PDF documents. It was impressive to see what these people are working on, what they (don't) know about PDF and whether it works according to their needs. Here is my experience ...
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.