Open Format: PDF submitted to AIIM

Today Adobe announced its intent to release PDF specification to the International Authority on Enterprise Content Management (AIIM), for the purpose of publication by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Kevin Lynch, chief software architect and senior vice president of the platform business unit at Adobe, said:

Today’s announcement is the next logical step in the evolution of PDF from de facto standard to a formal, de jure standard. By releasing the full PDF specification for ISO standardization, we are reinforcing our commitment to openness. As governments and organizations increasingly request open formats, maintenance of the PDF specification by an external and participatory organization will help continue to drive innovation and expand the rich PDF ecosystem that has evolved over the past 15 years.

I also read that Duan Nickull wanted to acknowledge Bob Sutor from IBM, James Governor (in my blogroll) and Gary Edwards to help Adobe embracing open standards.

Tonight Adobe is guesting chat live at 5 pm Pacific Time.

To know more read Leonard Rosenthol’s PDF history and the official Adobe FAQ.

Welcome Adobe!