Overview: Now known as the PDF Association (PDF/A), the PDF/A Competence Center promotes the adoption and implementation of International Standards for PDF technology. The ISO 19005 standard (PDF/A) defines requirements for creating documents suitable for archiving based on the widely available PDF format. The standard specifies in detail what content is allowed and what is not. These and other specifications are intended to ensure long-term readability of the documents regardless of the application software and operating system in which they were originally produced. The advantages of PDF/A, such as full-text search capabilities, have led it to already replace TIFF as the preferred archiving format in numerous international governmental organizations as well as in private industries.
Specifications: Available at: http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue/catalogue_tc/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=38920
IPR Policy: Not available
Current Status: Active
Last Updated: June 4, 2014