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PDF/A Example[edit]

Could anybody please add a link to a document that is actually PDF/A compatible. Even the White-Paper from the company which earns its money, by telling people how important PDF/A is, and which sells the "desperately" needed Software, even this Document itself does not pass the Preflight test from Acrobat. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:02, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

This looks more like a commercial for the standard than a NPOV article. DriveBy27 00:21, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

Which statements specifically do you think are POV and how would you suggest improving them? Mrhsj 05:02, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
Its the whole section "Advantages of PDF/A." While there are certainly positive aspects of digital versions of collections of documents, the description here holds digital archiving of collections as more of a manifest destiny than an a business process. Costs of creating digital archives should be mentioned, and the possibility that the format will become obsolete and unreadable in the future. Conceded that setting the PDF/A standard is an attempt to avoid obsolescence of digital collections, but current fashionability of the standard doesn't guarantee the standard's future acceptance. IT history is littered with these kind of stories.


I understand what the user above is saying, but this page serves as a very good start point for many people researching the only viable electronic archive document standard. The Software support section makes it look like only Adobe and OpenOffice support this standard. The fact is many other products support this ISO standard:

Brandonsturgeon (talk) 19:31, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

pdf has already established itself as the standard for document archival. Reader and converter software is very widespread and there are plenty of opensource implementations so it is unlikely to dissapear anytime soon. All pdf-a does is codify the best practice for making pdfs as portable as possible into a standard that can be validated. Plugwash (talk) 22:38, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

pdf to pdf/A[edit]

are there any (preferablly free) tools that can take a regular pdf as input and produce a pdf/a as output? Plugwash (talk) 22:59, 29 April 2009 (UTC)

In fact, Adobe Acrobat cannot convert PDF/X reliably into PDF/A - Basically, you better start with PDF/A if you want to be sure your docs are readable by everyone. The program xpdf works well for testing compatibility of pdf documents, since it is a PDF v1.4 program. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:48, 1 December 2010 (UTC)


What about standarts PDF/A-2a,2b and 2u that realized in Adobe Acrobat X? --Panfily was here (talk) 07:29, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

It would be good if someone wrote a section about PDF/A-2. Mrhsj (talk) 19:20, 30 November 2010 (UTC)
PDF/A-2 is based on PDF v1.7 and will never be portable to software not created by Adobe. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:50, 1 December 2010 (UTC)

Moving 'Background' Section above 'Description'[edit]

I think the article would benefit the reader if the Background entry would appear above the Description. Just a thought.. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:53, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

Error re: Open Office and transparency[edit]

I have just created an Open Office drawing (ODG file in OOo 3.3.0) containing elements with transparency ("Area"), exported it from OO using the PDF/A1a format option, and printed a hardcopy of the resulting document. In Acrobat the PDF file displays with an information bar stating: "You are viewing this document in PDF/A mode".

Viewing this PDF, both onscreen and as a printed document, shows the areas of transparency rendered correctly. They have printed as transparent (ie not printed) and are invisible onscreen.

The information given under the section of this article entitled: "Drawbacks", would therefore appear to be incorrect or in need of clarification.

LookingGlass (talk) 10:39, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

OCR hidden text layer[edit]

Please add information about the OCR hidden text layer. Does PDF/A have special requirements or restrictions? Are multiple such layers allowed?- (talk) 14:41, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

"PDF/A in a Nutshell 2.0"[edit]

The "PDF/A in a Nutshell 2.0" link is dead. Is there a replacement? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:56, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Some of the links are down[edit]

It would seem that at least a few of them can be ascribed to restructuring of the website.



  1. ^ "Microsoft", 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF
  2. ^ "Neevia", Neevia News for 2007
  3. ^ "Nuance", PDF Converter Professional 4 Press Release
  4. ^ " Foo", Exporting PDF/A-1a for long-term archiving. Last accessed 2008-01-11
  5. ^ "Software602", Software602 Press Release