ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34                                                   
Document Description and Processing Languages                         

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC34 N 98                 

DATE:  1999-09-22     


Summary of Voting/Table of Replies                                    

Summary of Voting on SC 34 N 60, ISO/IEC FCD 13240, Information       
Technology - Interchange Standard for Multimedia Interactive Documents

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ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 N 98


Summary of Voting on SC 34 N 60, ISO/IEC FCD 13240, Information Technology - Interchange Standard for Multimedia Interactive Documents (ISMID)

SC 34 National Body P-Members (13)


Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, United States


P-Members in Favour (10 of 13)


Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Japan (w/comments), Netherlands, Norway, UK, USA


P-Members Voting Against (0 of 13)


P-Members Abstaining (2 of 13)


Australia, France


P-Members who did not vote (1 of 13)









 Japan's Comments on ISO/IEC FCD 13240 (SC34 N60)


Title: Information technology - Interchange Standard for Multimedia

Interactive Documents



The National Body of Japan approves ISO/IEC FCD 13240 with the

following comments.


1. Minor Technical Comments

1.1 HyFunc and DSSSL Support


The current document indicates HyFunc and DSSSL as expression

languages, and it specifies that DSSSL is default in 9.11.7

and that HyFunc is mandatory in 2. HyFunc is a subset of DSSSL

and redundant.


DSSSL should be specified to be mandatory in 2. Conformance,

and HyFunc should be removed from expression language



1.2 Addition of Definition of "external object"


External objects are a kind of interface objects and are

important constituents in ISMID. No definition, however,

are given in 4. Definitions.


The following definition should be added:


external objects

A type of interface objects which are used to

allow an interactive document to communicate

with external systems.


2. Editorial Comments

2.1 Reference of Clause


References of clauses should contain clause numbers.


For example,


* "clause The ISMID architecture" in the 2nd

line of the 1st paragraph in 1.1.1 should be

"clause 9. The ISMID architecture".

* "Simple ISMID Application Definition Document (Informative)"

in the 1st line of the 1st paragraph in 1.1.2 should be

"Annex B. Simple ISMID Application Definition Document


Other references should be rewritten in the same way as



2.2 Unnecessary symbol in "Interactive Documents" of



The 3rd line in the 2nd paragraph contains unnecessary

symbol "(1)". This symbol should be removed.


2.3 Addition to "5. Symbols and abbreviations"


RCS (used in 6.1) and AFDR (used in 6) should be added in 5.


2.4 Expression Style of Construct Names


The expression style of full construct names in English for

elements and attributes is not clear; it cannot be distinguished

>from usual terms in main texts. See the example below.


The proposed styles are


* The element/attribute SGMLname ("full construct name")



* The SGMLname ("full construct name") element/attribute



For example, the 2nd sentence in 9.3,


The reference content does not exist (ContentNotExist)

attribute determines how the system shall handle ...


should be replaced with


The ContentNotExist ("reference content does not

exist") attribute determines how the system shall

handle ...


2.5 ISMID HyTime support declataion


The year indication in HyTimePUBLIC should be 1997 instead

of 1992 because HyTime published in 1997 is referred to.