PDF/A is an ISO standard that was introduced in order to ensure long-term reproducibility of PDF files. ISO 19005-1 defines PDF/A as “a file format based on PDF, known as PDF/A, which provides a mechanism for representing electronic documents in a manner that preserves their visual appearance over time, independent of the tools and systems used for creating, storing or rending the files.” (From ISO 19005-1).
Some of the criteria for a PDF/A compliant document include:
There are different levels of compliance associated with PDF/A. The minimum compliance is PDF/A-1b which ensures that the document can be reproduced long-term.
The Graduate School strongly recommends that authors submit their ETDs as one PDF/A-1b compliant document.
Use the links below for tutorials to create a PDF/A-1b compliant document.