[tex-live] PDF/A-1b compliancy with (pdf,lua)TeX

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sun Dec 29 03:10:30 CET 2013

On 2013-12-28 at 07:57:53 -0500, Victor Ivrii wrote:

 > It does not look that pdfx supports these newer standards. Neither
 > there are any alternatives

In order to use these newer standards you have to maintain a modified
variant of pdfx.sty.  What I find extremely annoying is that the
related ISO standards are not freely available.  You have to pay an
enourmous amount of money for only a few sheets of paper.


Victor, what do you get if you send your file to


? It's a matter of fact that different validators complain about
different things.  If your file contains colored vector graphics then
it's quite likely that you get a complaint.  Vector graphics use
Device_CMYK, Device_RGB, and/or Device_Gray but the PDF/A standard
insists on device independent colors.

As far as I understand the pdfx package only provides an output
profile which transforms device indepent colors to something else but
colors in the PDF file are not device-independent.  Ghostscript can
create PDF/A as well and it creates "input profiles" for the color
models CMYK, RGB, and Gray.  I'll create a Ghostscript test suite

After all, I'm not convinced that what the pdfx package does is
enough, but I'm very interested in comments from people who are more
experienced than me.

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