|TITLE:||Editors' Report on ISO/IEC 15445|
|SOURCE:||Roger Price, David Abrahamson|
|STATUS:||For submission to SC34|
|REFERENCE:||JTC1/SC34 N385 - Systematic review of ISO/IEC 15445:2000|
The referenced document asks NBs to comment on IS 15445 (ISO-HTML) as part of the systematic review of this International Standard. To assist this process, your editors have prepared this report on ISO-HTML.
The first edition of ISO-HTML was published 2000-05-15. Since then, a Technical Corrigendum, TC1, has been approved but not yet published. Instead, the International Standard will be re-published as "First edition 2000-05-15. Corrected version 2003-##-##". All the corrections made by TC1 will be incorporated into the republished IS. The document "TC1" will be made available as a "Supplement" to the IS describing the changes made, but this Supplement will not be an official publication.
We are grateful to Joanna Goodwin, Assistant Director of Production, for her help in the re-publication of ISO-HTML.
The corrections of defects 1 through 6, which include the additional facilities specified by the Web Accessibility Initiative are now included in the IS. The remaining defects 7 through 9 are so minor that we believe that they do not merit a Technical Corrigendum.
In addition to satisfying the requirements in clause 6 of the IS, the principal rôle of ISO-HTML is to:
ISO-HTML defines a subset of the W3C's Recommendation for HTML 4.01 in the mathematical sense: that is, any document which conforms to ISO-HTML also conforms to the HTML 4.01 Strict.
We have learnt informally that the reinforcement and the stability provided by ISO-HTML have been of assistance to the W3C in maintaining the integrity of their recommendation against corporate pressure. Attempts to influence standards specifications are an unfortunate reality.
The measure of the adoption and use of ISO-HTML should be the perceived stability of the W3C Recommendation. The W3C have in turn used the HTML 4.01 Recommendation as a basis for their XHTML Recommendations.
The IS is currently available at http://purl.org/NET/ISO+IEC.15445/15445.html
The User's Guide has been extensively improved, and is available at http://purl.org/NET/ISO+IEC.15445/Users-Guide.html
The W3C offer a free validation service for ISO-HTML as well as their HTML Recommendation. This service does not require the user to have a web page server.
The International Standard 15445:2000 and its User's Guide (the Guide is not an ISO/IEC document) are now produced from the same source document. Marked sections indicate the additional material to be included in the Guide. This guarantees that the Guide and IS are technically aligned, and simplifies maintenance. The markup uses the "preparation" DTD defined by ISO-HTML with an internal subset not available in HTML.
The IS and the Guide are generated from the source markup using the
sgmlnorm utility with the DTD for ISO-HTML imposed as the architectural
form. The normalization performed by
<" by "
<" where needed in the CDATA marked sections used for examples.
Roger Price, rpriceatcsdotumldotedu