According to the press release, it sounds like Adobe will submit their PDF 1.7 specification to AIIM, where it will be reviewed and refined before submission to ISO, likely to TC 171 . AIIM, if the name isn’t familiar to you, is the Association for Information and Image Management. They have been around since 1943, and they have a thriving ANSI-accredited standards program.
Note that this is not PDF’s first trip to ISO. Subsets of PDF have been standardized for particular problem domains, such as:
- PDF/A for archiving as ISO 19005-1:2005
- PDF/X for digital prepress exchange as ISO 15930
- PDF/E for engineering workflows, currently under review ISO DIS 24517
But now we’ll be getting the full PDF functionality as an International Standard. This is good news. I’m pleased to see Adobe’s continuing leadership in this area. For more information on this topic, now and in the future, I recommend adding Adobe’s Duane Nickull to your regular cycle of blog reading.