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ISO has completed the development of ISO 14289-1:2012 Document management applications -- Electronic document file format enhancement for accessibility -- Part 1: Use of ISO 32000-1 (PDF/UA-1). PDF/UA provides a technical, interoperable standard for the authoring, remediation and validation of PDF content to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities who use assistive technology such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, joysticks and other assistive technologies to navigate and read electronic content.
ISO 19005-2:2011 Document management -- Electronic document file format for long-term preservation -- Part 2: Use of ISO 32000-1 (PDF/A-2) has been released by the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO 19005-2:2011 specifies the use of the Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.7, as formalized in ISO 32000-1, for preserving the static visual representation of page-based electronic documents over time. PDF/A-2 allows JPEG2000 compression, supports transparency effects and layers, embedding of OpenType fonts, and digital signatures.It also allows archiving of sets of documents as individual documents in one file.
ISO has completed the development of an international standard defining the job exchange format for Variable Data Printing (VDP). ISO 16612-2 Graphic technology - Variable data exchange - Part 2: Using PDF/X-4 and PDF/X-5 (PDF/VT) defines the PDF/VT document format and methods to enable PDF exchange for variable data and transactional printing.
The PDF (Portable Document Format) originally developed by Adobe has now been passed over to the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This comes just a year and a half after Adobe made plans to open up by giving the specification (version 1.7) to the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) which was to lay the groundwork for ISO certification. The ISO has now issued a press release about the new standard (named "ISO 32000-1:2008").
PDF/A Already an ISO Standard
PDF/A, a popular subset of the PDF specification, has been an ISO Standard that since October 1, 2005 - ISO 19005-1: Document Management - Electronic document file format for long term preservation - Part 1: Use of PDF 1.4 (PDF/A-1).
This ISO standard defines a standard format (PDF/A-1) for the long-term archiving of electronic documents and is based on the PDF Reference Version 1.4 from Adobe Systems Inc. (PDF 1.4 is largely equivalent to the functionality implemented in Adobe Acrobat 5).