Creating PDF/A documents
You can use the Output service to create a PDF/A document.
Because PDF/A is an archival format for long-term preservation of
the document’s content, all fonts are embedded and the file is uncompressed.
As a result, a PDF/A document is typically larger than a standard
PDF document. Also, a PDF/A document cannot contain audio and video
content. Like other Output service tasks, you provide both a form
design and data to merge with it to create a PDF/A document.
Although PDF/A is the standard for archiving PDF documents, you
can store a PDF document if it meets your business requirements.
However, a PDF document can contain content that becomes outdated.
For example, a URL that references a website can become outdated
in the future. The purpose of the PDF/A standard is to establish
a PDF file that has the potential for long-term endurance.
The following illustration shows the Output service merging a
form design and XML form data to produce a PDF/A document.