PDF Association to Begin Series of Seminars on PDF/UA Standard

Next week, the PDF Association will begin a series of seminars, travelling to a widespread set of destinations, on the subject of the recently published ISO PDF/UA standard (UA for Universal Accessibility). The first event will be on the 22nd of October 2012 in Stuttgart, with seminars to follow in Copenhagen, Bern, Zurich, Berlin, Munich and Amsterdam. At these events, participants from the public sector, business and industry will learn how best to create PDFs that meet both the new PDF/UA standard and all relevant legal requirements.

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Olaf Drümmer, Chairman of the PDF Association: “Now that PDF/UA has been published, we want to encourage widespread use and acceptance of the PDF/UA standard as soon as possible.” Olaf Drümmer, Chairman of the PDF Association.

Berlin, Germany (PRWEB) October 21, 2012

Next week, the PDF Association will begin a series of seminars, travelling to a widespread set of destinations, on the subject of the recently published ISO PDF/UA standard (UA for Universal Accessibility). The first event will be on the 22nd of October 2012 in Stuttgart, with seminars to follow in Copenhagen, Bern, Zurich, Berlin, Munich and Amsterdam. At these events, participants from the public sector, business and industry will learn how best to create PDFs that meet both the new PDF/UA standard and all relevant legal requirements.

“Now that it has been published, we want to encourage widespread use and acceptance of the PDF/UA standard as soon as possible,” explained Olaf Drümmer, Chairman of the PDF Association. “It isn’t always easy to convert all kinds of documents to provide universally-accessible content, but this standard creates a good starting point for finally tackling the subject in a structured fashion.”

PDF/UA – Access to documents for all
PDF/UA is designed to ensure that disabled people can access the information contained in PDF documents. This makes it essential to provide information about the document’s structure and natural reading order using so-called “tags”. This has been technically possible since 2001, but the rules for correctly tagging a PDF have until now been far from straightforward. With the clear framework that PDF/UA provides, this gap can now be closed and universally-accessible PDF documents can find their optimal usage potential.

Seminars on a range of subjects
The PDF Association’s seminars will give participants an introduction to PDF and universal accessibility, and demonstrate the advantages of universally-accessible PDFs. In addition, they will explain the effects of the new ISO PDF/UA standard, and clarify the legal requirements for their creation.

The majority of each seminar will be focused on using practical examples to show how to create universally-accessible PDF files using established software such as InDesign or Office. The role of style sheets, tags and content structure will also be discussed, as well as how to create universally-accessible PDF forms. The speakers – all of them specialists in the subject of PDF creation – will provide useful tips for everyday productivity, and will demonstrate step-by-step how an original document becomes a universally-accessible PDF.

The focus of the seminars will vary to suit different target groups. Some will focus primarily on those working in local authorities or corporate communications, while others will be aimed at specialists in the fields of publishing, advertising, printing and media. Even the practical elements of the seminars will be tailored to suit different subjects and target groups, including:

  •     Office documents:
Using Word, PowerPoint and OpenOffice to create universally accessible PDFs
Additional tools (Acrobat, axesPDF, PAC etc.)
Optimising designs, style sheets and templates
  •     Publications:
Using InDesign to create universally-accessible PDFs
Tools to increase productivity
Strategies for templates and style sheets
Using metadata
  •     Forms:
Creating universally-accessible forms with Word, InDesign, Acrobat and LiveCycle Designer
Tips for information design
  •     Existing and scanned PDFs:
Procedures for preparing existing and scanned PDFs
Possibilities and hurdles

Entry to the seminar will cost 299 Euro, or a reduced fee of just 99 Euro for members of non-profit organisations. Entry for students and apprentices will cost just 29 Euro. After all costs have been recovered, any additional revenue will be donated to the NVDA Project. Further information on the subject can be found at http://goo.gl/2IHWU (in German).

Dates, prices, registration
The following seminars will be held in German unless otherwise noted in the coming months, with the headline “PDF/UA in focus”:

22/10/2012: Stuttgart, Messe-Stuttgart
31/10/2012: Copenhagen Opera House (in Danish and in English)
22/11/2012: Hamburg, Dialog im Dunkeln / Warehouse district
29/11/2012: Bern, Schule für Gestaltung
30/11/2012: Zürich-Altstetten, Basler Park
06/12/2012: Berlin, BITKOM Day Centre
23/01/2013: Munich, Hotel Vitalis Day Centre
07/02/2013: Amsterdam, Adobe office (in Dutch and in English – registration opens at the end of October 2012)

Preparations are being made for further dates in the first half of 2013, in the cities of Bonn, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Vienna, Linz, Brussels and Prague.

About the PDF Association
Formerly known as the PDF/A Competence Center, the PDF Association is an international organization promoting awareness and adoption of open standards in digital document applications using PDF technology.

The association facilitates networking and communication, and the sharing of expertise and experience with interested parties worldwide. The current membership includes over 100 enterprises and numerous individual subject-matter experts from more than 20 countries.
The management board includes industry leaders from callas software GmbH, Compart AG, Crawford Technologies Inc., intarsys consulting GmbH, LuraTech Europe GmbH and NetCentric US. The association’s chairman is Olaf Drümmer, CEO of callas software GmbH. Duff Johnson, President of NetCentric Technologies is the vice chairman.


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