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), versions 1.0-1.3

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.

Versions through 1.3 are described here together for convenience.

Production phase In general, a final-state format for delivery to end users.
Relationship to other formats
    Subtype of PDF, Portable Document Format
    Has later version PDF_1_4, PDF, Version 1.4

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 See PDF. Documentation for version 1.3 is at
Adoption TBD
    Licensing and patents See PDF.
Transparency See PDF.
Self-documentation Metadata capabilities in early versions of PDF are very limited.
External dependencies See PDF.
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 Documentation of PDF version 1.3 was published in July 2000 in association with the release of Acrobat version 4. PDF 1.4 was published in November 2001, and corresponds to Acrobat version 5.

Format specifications Explanation of format description terms

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Last Updated: 02/27/2017