Google Disk (was: XeLaTeX to Word/OpenOffice - the state of the art?)

Ross Moore ross.moore at
Sat Mar 16 19:39:12 CET 2019

Hi Karljūrgen,

On 17/03/2019, at 1:42, "Karljürgen Feuerherm" <kfeuerherm at> wrote:

> Ross,
> Your reply caught my eye, and I am now looking at the pdfx package documentation.
> May I ask, if accessibility is a concern, why a-2b/-2u rather than -ua-1, which seems directly targeted at this?

PDF/UA and PDF/A-1a,2a,3a  require a fully tagged PDF.
This is a highly non-trivial task, which requires adding much extra to the document, done almost entirely through \special commands. The pdfx package does not provide this, but is useful for meeting the Metadata and other requirements of these formats.

Abstractly, accessibility is about having sufficient information stored in the PDF for software tools to be able to build and present a description of the content and structure, other than the visual one. The same can be said of software for converting into a different format.

A significant part of this is being able to correctly identify each character in the fonts used within the TeX/produced PDF. Even this is a non-trivial problem, due to TeX's non-standard font encodings, and virtual font technique.

> Many thanks,
> K
>> You should use the  pdfx  package and prepare for  PDF/A-2b or -2u.
>> This fixes many of these things that affect conversions, as well as Accessibility and Archivability.
>> It's not fully tagged PDF, but handles many other technical issues.

Hope this helps.


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