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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

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Monday January 29, 2007
07:55 AM

ISO Standard PDF?

[ #32271 ]

Adobe mentions on the PDF Reference page that:

On January 29, 2007, Adobe announced its intent to release the full Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.7 specification to AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association, for the purpose of publication by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

As you know, I'm a big fan of PDF. Will this help PDF take off more or is it too little too late?

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  • Well, isn't PDF already _the_ preferred format for some purposes (like pre-press deliveries and such)?

    To me it seems the adoption of PDF is more restricted by what the format in itself is suitable for (e.g. it should not be used to present information meant for online consumption).
  • I think that PDF is already the dominant exchange format for "pixel perfect" and printable documents.

    Adobe is likely taking the standardisation route in response to a Microsoft entry into this domain called XML Paper Specification (XPS) []. It makes a lot of sense, PDF is already dominant and now with the specification being shepherded by a standards body XPS won't get off the ground. Which would you choose: a fledgling the format governed by a single company or a long standing, widely used format where the

  • the online article [] that explains why they think Adobe did it:

    Adobe customers, particularly governments, have told Adobe that making PDF an ISO-approved standard would raise their level of confidence that the format would be around in the long term