Originally Posted by Alexander Turcic
Before you get too excited (or not) about yet another proposed document standard (while some may believe PDF is already the standard), [...]
If not *the* standard, there is at least already an ISO standard (ISO 19005-1:2005 -- see Wikipedia article
), based on a subset of PDF 1.4 suitable for long-term preservation of documents. That means there's no multimedia contents, or other things that relies on plugins or other special solutions that could mess up the document after a few years of storage.
There has been work to do a new revision of this ISO standard using a later version of PDF. I hope Adobe still continue that work -- I suspect it would have somewhat better chances of being accepted.