Adobe’s PDF format was officially adopted as an open standard this week. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that PDF is now accessible as ISO 32000-1.
The announcement follows Adobe’s decision to relinquish control of the proprietary format first introduced in 1993. “By releasing the full PDF specification for ISO standardization, we are reinforcing our commitment to openness,” Adobe chief technology officer Kevin Lynch said in a press release.
As we noted in January when ISO approved PDF, some see this move from Adobe as a defensive move to stop Microsoft’s XML Paper Specification. Adobe denies the decision has anything to do with Redmond and instead is intended to answer a call from their users for open formats.
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