PDF Days Berlin 2017 - wrap up

Tags: EventsPDF Days

Two weeks ago our iText team has attended PDF Days Europe in Berlin. More than 200 participants came together on the two-day event to discuss important projects for PDF:

  • The finalisation of ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0) , a publication of the ISO standard is expected soon.

  • The internal PDF Association project: "Next Generation PDF".

There was some brainstorming about some hot topics such as: Next Generation PDF, which will eventually be replaced by HMTL5 and, how PDF documents can be made universally-accessible for users with visual impairment (a hot topic since this also needs to conform to PDF/UA- to keep personal and sensitive data safe). The attendees also learned more about PDF/A services as a cloud solution, new PDF-based collaboration options, a centralized platform for uniform conversion to PDF and PDF/A, and novel uses for PDF/A-3. The creation of universally-accessible documents, including those conforming to PDF/UA.

During the event we shared a few of our insights with the attendees:

  • How HTML responsiveness translates to PDF - a talk by our iText developer Samuel Huylebroeck. His talk foucsed on responsiveness, showcasing how our iText 7 add-on pdfHTML which can also translate the responsivenss of HTML into a PDF document. For example, when we minimize or maximize our screen the table in the PDF document will be reformatted automatically to 1 or 3 columns. To review the full presenation, watch this video.

  • Server-side applications - a talk by our CTO Bruno Lowagie. The talk focused on PDF as a template for HTML 5, so the view of the PDF document is adjusted automatically to the device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, ...) being used. There was some discussion whether PDF should be kept as it is (traditional PDF) or whether features of HTML 5 whould be integrated into it. To review the full presenation, wath this video.

  • Raf Hens, our Product Manager, participated at the panel disscusion, as one of the PDF experts involved in Next Generation PDF development. Main questions posed by attendees were: "Should we abandon the idea that PDF is a static format?", He responsed, "Accessibility is a must, but reliability must be preserved. How can these two concepts be brought together in the future?". To review the full presenation, watch this video.