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PDF Format Becomes ISO Standard

The Portable Document Format (PDF), one of the most commonly used formats for electronic documents, is now accessible as an ISO International Standard, ISO 32000-1. This move follows a decision by Adobe Systems, Inc., original developer and copyright owner of the format, to relinquish control to ISO (International Organization for Standardization;, which is now in charge of publishing the specifications for the current version (1.7) and for updating and developing future versions. 

ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden commented: "As an ISO standard, we can ensure that this useful and widely popular format is easily available to all interested stakeholders. The standard will benefit both software developers and users by encouraging the propagation and dissemination of a common technology that cuts across systems and is designed for long term survival."

The new standard, ISO 32000-1, Document management–Portable document format –Part 1: PDF 1.7, is based on the PDF version 1.7 developed by Adobe. This International Standard supplies the essential information needed by developers of software that create PDF files (conforming writers), software that reads existing PDF files and interprets their contents for display and interaction (conforming readers), and PDF products that read and/or write PDF files for a variety of other purposes (conforming products). Future versions of the format will be published as subsequent parts of the standard by the ISO subcommittee in charge of its maintenance and development (SC 2, Application issues, of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 171, Document management applications). The standard is available for purchase through the ISO Store.

Major corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions use PDF to streamline their operations by replacing paper documentation with electronic exchange. Already, more than 2,000 PDF product developers use this standard for their products, and billons of PDF files are in existence today.

Source: ISO

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