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10.2. Metadata

A PDF document may include general information, such as the document's title, author, and creation and modification dates. Such global information about the document (as opposed to its content or structure) is called metadata and is intended to assist in cataloguing and searching for documents in external databases. A document's metadata may also be added or changed by users or plug-in extensions (See implementation note 154 in Appendix H). Beginning with PDF 1.4, metadata can also be specified for individual components of a document.

Metadata can be stored in a PDF document in either of the following ways:


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