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Creating Structured PDF Files Using XML Templates

Hardy, Matthew; Brailsford, David F.; Thomas, Peter

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Matthew Hardy

David F. Brailsford

Peter Thomas


Jean-Yves Vion-Dury


This paper describes a tool for recombining the logical structure from an XML document with the typeset appearance of the corresponding PDF document. The tool uses the XML representation as a template for the insertion of the logical structure into the existing PDF document, thereby creating a Structured/Tagged PDF. The addition of logical structure adds value to the PDF in three ways: the accessibility is improved (PDF screen readers for visually impaired users perform better), media options are enhanced (the ability to reflow PDF documents, using structure as a guide, makes PDF viable for use on hand-held devices) and the re-usability of the PDF documents benefits greatly from the presence of an XML-like structure tree to guide the process of text retrieval in reading order (e.g. when interfacing to XML applications and databases).

Conference Name ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng2004)
End Date Oct 31, 2004
Publication Date Oct 1, 2004
Deposit Date Sep 28, 2005
Publicly Available Date Oct 9, 2007
Journal Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng'04)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords XML, PDF, Logical Structure Insertion.
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Additional Information Final draft of paper accepted for ACM DocEng '04 conference


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