NISO to Manage U.S. Group Dedicated to Document Description and Processing Languages

*Baltimore, MD - January 04, 2018 -* The National Information Standards
Organization (NISO) has been accredited by the American National Standards
Institute (ANSI) to take over management of the U.S. Technical Advisory
Group for the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 - Document description and processing
languages < >. This international
technical committee is concerned with standardization in the field of
document structures, languages, and related facilities for the description
and processing of compound and hypermedia documents. The portfolio includes
standards for document structures, structures for interactive documents in
web environments, document processing architectures, multilingual font
information interchange, and APIs for document processing. The
accreditation also means that the United States will once again be a voting
member of ISO/IEC/JTC 1/SC 34 after a lapse of some months.

NISO’s membership voted this past fall in favor of adding the JTC 1/SC 34
portfolio to its roster of international standards activities. NISO has
managed the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO/TC46 - Information
and documentation < > and its six
subcommittees since the technical committee was formed in the 1940s. NISO
also serves as the Secretariat for ISO/TC 46/SC 9 - Identification and
description < >, supporting the
international work on identifiers and metadata it undertakes, so that the
new work is an ideal complement to an already robust set of

“SC 34’s standards provide important foundational structures for the
software, publishing, and media communities and are therefore a natural fit
for us,” comments NISO Executive Director Todd Carpenter. “Our work has
long involved standards related to document creation, formatting,
description, and preservation, so our community is well poised to enrich SC
34’s efforts worldwide. The NISO Board of Directors also felt that a lack
of a U.S. voice in SC 34’s decisions was a troublesome gap in worldwide
standards leadership.”

The ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1, Subcommittee 34 described in its 2017
business plan
< >
the value of its work: “Document file formats and document processing
languages continue to play a vital role in the evolving global market for
digital information products of all kinds. While many of the base
technologies, such as XML, are mature, new applications continue to emerge
that demand innovation in the integration of existing and new
technologies.” JTC 1/SC 34 includes among its 80 standards those relating
to SGML, EPUB, Office Open XML (OOXML), OpenDocument Format, Font
information interchange, and Document Schema Definition Languages (DSDL).
See a full list of the Technical Committee’s standards at .

*About NISO*

NISO, based in Baltimore, Maryland, fosters the development and maintenance
of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and
effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in
research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries,
publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support
learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization,
management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting
communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information
standards. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO
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