Adobe releases PDF specification to ISO

Adobe kicks off the official process to get the full PDF specification recognised as an international standard.

Adobe Systems today confirmed that it plans to share the full specification for its portable document format (PDF) with the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) so that it can be recognised by theInternational Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

Specialised elements of the PDF specification have already been ratified for specific industries or tasks, such as PDF for Archive (PDF/A) and PDF for Exchange (PDF/X), with others in the pipeline as a proposed standard, such as PDF for Engineering (PDF/E).

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To build on this already solid foundation, Adobe will now release the full PDF 1.7 specification to AIIM so that the latter can champion its cause as a deserved candidate for recognition as a global standard.

"Today's announcement is the next logical step in the evolution of PDF from de facto standard to a formal, de jure standard," said Kevin Lynch, senior vice president and chief software architect at Adobe.

"By releasing the full PDF specification for ISO standardisation, we are reinforcing our commitment to openness. As governments and organisations increasingly request open formats, maintenance of the PDF specification by an external and participatory organisation will help continue to drive innovation and expand the rich PDF ecosystem that has evolved over the past 15 years."

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AIIM will help Adobe identify and resolve issues in addition to assisting with the creation of a draft document for onward presentation to the ISO.

"As the administrator for several specialised ISO standard subsets of PDF, AIIM is pleased to receive this proposal from Adobe," said John Mancini, president of AIIM.

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