ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC34 N21
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC34
Information Technology ---
Document Description and Processing Languages
|TITLE:||Statement of Expected Benefits and Responsibilities: Request For Category C Liaison Between SC 34 and W3C|
|PROJECT:||All SC34 projects|
|PROJECT EDITOR:||All SC34 editors|
|STATUS:||SC34 approved document|
|ACTION:||For JTC1 approval|
|DATE:||10 November 1998|
|DISTRIBUTION:||SC34 and Liaisons|
|REPLY TO:||Dr. James David Mason
(ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34 Chaiman)
Lockheed Martin Energy Systems
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Statement of Expected Benefits and Responsibilities: Request For Category C Liaison Between SC 34 and W3C
SC 34 requests that JTC 1 approve a Category C liaison between SC 34 and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C.) This liaison is desired to facilitate work with W3C on the standardization of FCD 15 445 ISO-HTML, recently approved by JTC 1 as project 1.34.71 assigned to SC 34, as well as to implement the "Cooperative Agreement Between JTC 1 and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)" recently approved by JTC 1 in JTC 1 N 5287. This agreement uses the Category C liaison mechanism to implement some of its provisions.
2 Benefits of Category C Liaison
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 deals with Standardization in the field of document structures, languages, and related facilities for the description and processing of compound and hypermedia documents, including languages for document logical structures and their support facilities; languages for describing document-like objects in web environments, document processing architecture and formatting for logical documents; languages for describing interactive documents; multilingual font information interchange and related services; final-form document architecture and page information interchange; hypermedia document structuring language and application resources API's for document processing.
There are several fronts on which close cooperation between ISO/IEC and W3C is highly desirable. The reason is to avoid duplication of effort, and to insure interoperability of Internet and WWW based system world-wide. Some specific areas of cooperation are:
- Continue parallel development of XML and ISO 8879 and their supporting features.
- Continue influence from ISO standards such as DSSSL and HyTime on XSL and XLL.
3 Cooperative Background
The W3C was founded in 1994 to develop common protocols for the evolution of the World Wide Web. JTC 1 SC 34 experts have been working informally with W3C for about three years. During this time these ISO/IEC experts have made key contributions to the XML, XSL and XLL work in W3C. Most of these W3C specifications are based on standards developed by SC34.
This informal cooperation has been very successful and both organizations believe that it should now be formalized. Such formalization will permit a clear path to ISO standardization for current and future W3C Standards as well as providing the SC 34 expertise to W3C on a more structured and well-defined basis. A key benefit to W3C is the increase in the quality of W3C standards that has already been demonstrated by our informal past cooperation.