[rfc-i] Use of PDF/A for archiving RFC's

Leonard Rosenthol lrosenth at adobe.com
Thu Mar 22 08:51:54 PDT 2012


> It seems unfortunate to chose a format for archival purpose that requires purchasing a standard for several hundred euros in order to implement it.  
>
All I can say here is that it has not stopped over 50 countries around the world from making it a national standard. Additionally about 20 states in the US have standardized on it, as well as various other governmental agencies in the US and elsewhere.


>HTML5 does not have that issue.
>
True.  However, in that case, you don't know WHICH standard to use (W3C vs. WHATWG).


>On a technical aspect, can you say something about the differences between the conformance levels and versions?  Which would be appropriate to use?
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As with other things, depends on your requirements.

Without known them all, my personal recommendation is PDF/A-3u.  PDF/A-3 because it allows for the embedding/attachment of other data sources (in this case, the source document in ASCII/XML/etc.).  And the 'u' conformance level because having all text in Unicode is a good thing.  

Leonard



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