Sustainability of Digital Formats: Planning for Library of Congress Collections

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Format Description Properties Explanation of format description terms

Identification and description Explanation of format description terms

Full name PDF (Portable Document Format), version 1.6

PDF (Portable Document Format), developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated, is described by Adobe as a general document representation language. PDF represents formatted, page-oriented documents. These documents may be structured or simple. They may contain text, images, graphics, and other multimedia content, such as video and audio. There is support for annotations, metadata, hypertext links, and bookmarks.

Version 1.6 of the PDF format is dated Nov 2004 and associated with Acrobat and Adobe Reader 7.

Production phase In general, a final-state format for delivery to end users.
Relationship to other formats
    Subtype of PDF, Portable Document Format
    Has earlier version PDF_1_5, PDF, Version 1.5
    Has later version PDF_1_7, PDF, Version 1.7 (ISO 32000-1)

Local use Explanation of format description terms

LC experience or existing holdings See PDF
LC preference See PDF

Sustainability factors Explanation of format description terms

Disclosure See PDF.
    Documentation PDF Reference, Fifth Edition, version 1.6. November 2004. At
Adoption TBD
    Licensing and patents See PDF
Transparency See PDF
Self-documentation Version 1.4 and later of PDF can include XMP metadata packages. XMP is Adobe's framework for including arbitrary blocks of metadata, using a representation in RDF.
External dependencies None.
Technical protection considerations See PDF

Quality and functionality factors Explanation of format description terms

Normal rendering See PDF.
Integrity of document structure See PDF.
Integrity of layout and display See PDF.
Support for mathematics, formulae, etc. See PDF.
Functionality beyond normal rendering See PDF

File type signifiers and format identifiers Explanation of format description terms

Tag Value Note
Filename extension pdf
See PDF.

Notes Explanation of format description terms

History PDF 1.6 was released in November 2004 and is associated with version 7 of Acrobat and Adobe Reader.

Format specifications Explanation of format description terms

Useful references


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