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Why Section 508 Needs PDF/UA

February 8, 2019 0

The following article was presented as Duff’s 2nd round of testimony to the US Access Board on the NPRM for Section 508 released February 18, 2015. The Remarks are in addition to my previous testimony…

Can you imagine a world without HTML? How about PDF?

January 6, 2016 0

It’s impossible, even in principle, to imagine a world without HTML, isn’t it? Certainly, there are various ways to convey textual content… but textual information will itself be a means…

Does your ECM system support PDF? Are you sure?

October 12, 2015 0

Here’s a conversation I have quite often with CIOs and IT managers, not to mention ECM industry people. It usually starts like this: ME: Does your ECM system support PDF documents?

PDF still dominates electronic documents online

October 7, 2015 0

We already know that PDF documents are the format of choice for final contracts, invoices, manuals and many other documents businesses keep on their own computers…

Sorry publishers, EPUB is dying

September 29, 2015 7

[Ironic Note: While this site is responsive, the Google Trends graph, above, which shows relative search-volume for “EPUB” has fallen back to summer 2012 levels, may not display correctly on a phone or similar-sized device.] As it became clear to the IDPF that publishers weren’t going to give up on a crafted, beautiful, printable page, they added support for fixed-layout pages to EPUB. Publishers had said they wanted a single deliverable format that did it…

Reviewing PDF/UA-related comments on the Section 508 NPRM

June 1, 2015 5

The comment period has closed on the US Access Board’s NPRM for the refresh of Section 508. This article reviews the 17 (out of 126) comments that mention PDF/UA. I’ve grouped them into four categories: First are those who don’t speak to PDF/UA per se, but are focussed on other concerns (largely, the purchase-price of the… Read more

Has EPUB peaked?

March 2, 2015 2

EPUB, the latest much-touted “replacement” for PDF as the world’s electronic document format, appears to have peaked, and is now in the process of returning to earth. That is, according to Google Trends data as of March 2, 2015 (as captured in this screen-shot): The internationally-standardized PDF format, however, continues to gain: Notwithstanding IBM’s announcement… Read more

iOS Safari’s Reader View… when will it support PDF?

February 21, 2015 2

And who might beat Apple and Adobe to it? It’s pretty easy to visualize what support for tagged PDF on mobile devices might look like, because the feature already exists in iOS’s default Safari browser. Unfortunately, as of February 2015 it only works for some web (HTML) pages, and not yet PDF. By leveraging the… Read more

The 8 most popular document formats on the Web in 2015

February 12, 2015 0

Now in its 5th year, and updated annually, this post continues to track document file-format popularity as measured by way of Google’s “filetype:” search. Note that in 2014 I added EPUB, Open Document formats (ODT, ODP, ODS), TXT and RTF to the survey. This (naturally) caused a “hit” in the size of the PDF bar relative… Read more

Executive Director of the PDF Association

October 1, 2014 1

As of October 1, 2014, a significant change for me. After four years I’m leaving the Board of the PDF Association (a volunteer position), to become the organization’s first Executive Director. This is going to be a lot of fun because it combines something I really enjoy (standards development and the promotion of standards adoption) with… Read more