Hot on the heels of yesterday's release of Adobe Reader 9
comes the news that Adobe's PDF format has turned into an international ISO standard. Vnunet reports
"By releasing the full PDF specification for ISO standardisation we are reinforcing our commitment to openness," said Kevin Lynch, chief technology officer at Adobe.
ISO secretary-general Alan Bryden added: "As an ISO standard we can ensure that this useful and widely popular format is easily available to all interested stakeholders.
So what does this mean for us? For one, ISO is now in control of updating and developing the future specs of the PDF format. These specs will be open to all, so no more Adobe homebrew solutions. Perhaps we can also expect improved PDF support in upcoming e-book readers or firmware updates, now that everyone can build on the open specs.
You can access the open document specification under the ISO 32000-1