Industry Solution: Standards Publishing

As a multi-format, multi-language, single-source XML publishing platform, Typefi offers fast and flexible publishing solutions for lengthy and complex standards.

Solutions include:

  • Typefi Cloud, Workgroup, and Desktop—full-featured standards publishing solutions with special packages available for ISO members;
    • Managed Workflows for Standards—a low-cost subscription support service that is available for customers running Typefi Cloud, Workgroup or Desktop, to fully manage your ISO adoption workflows—ensuring they match current ISO versions—with twice-yearly updates.
  • Typefi Standards Cloud, a user-friendly web-based solution for rapidly producing professional ISO standard adoptions (the first 50 adoptions are free for ISO members).

Which Typefi Standards solution is right for you?

Typefi offers a suite of solutions to help standards publishers around the globe DO MORE.

Feature Typefi
Online only (no installation) Yes No No No
Free for ISO members Yes No No No
One free custom template creation Yes No No No
Faster than manual publishing Yes Yes Yes Yes
XML input ISO standards only All source XML accepted All source XML accepted All source XML accepted
Print and digital outputs PDF only 30+ outputs 30+ outputs 30+ outputs
Accessible PDF publishing Yes Yes Yes Yes
ISO standards adoption publishing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fully managed workflow service Yes Optional Optional Optional
Non-ISO standards adoption publishing No Yes Yes Yes
Advanced customisation options No Yes Yes Yes
Suitable for enterprise No No Yes Yes

Publishing standards with Typefi (Cloud, Workgroup, Desktop)

Typefi is available as a cloud-based solution (Typefi Cloud) or a scalable on-premises platform (Typefi Workgroup or Typefi Desktop) to best suit your needs.

The key difference between any Typefi workflow and a traditional publishing workflow is the separation of content from layout.

With the single click of a button, Typefi takes your source content, automatically and intelligently lays out your standard using a dynamic Adobe InDesign template, and renders completed documents in your preferred output formats within minutes.

Changes in content no longer require manual recomposition, so you can work much closer to deadlines—Typefi will quickly and accurately take care of tasks such as updating page numbers, tables of contents, and cross-references.

Used by Standards Development Organisations and National Standards Bodies around the world—including the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Central Secretariat in Geneva—Typefi’s solutions for standards publishers come with a range of powerful features:

  • Use Microsoft Word or XML—including NISO STS and ISOSTS—as standard inputs.
  • Produce multiple output formats for print, online and mobile—including press-ready PDF, web-optimised PDF, accessible PDF, redline PDF, HTML, EPUB, and DAISY—from a single source of content.
  • Automatically generate complex, standards-specific design elements such as long multi-page tables, equations, landscape tables, figures, graphics, and more, with the click of a button.
  • Utilise built-in support for the full Unicode set—Typefi can publish in all language groups including Western European, Cyrillic, Middle Eastern, Indic, and CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean).
  • Enjoy world-class reliability and security, tested and proven.

Typefi will help you realise benefits such as streamlined workflows, increased collaboration between production teams, consistent application of branding and styles across all publications, and production time and cost savings of up to 80%.

Inputs: XML or Microsoft Word

The two primary inputs for Typefi are XML or Microsoft Word files, depending on your workflow and desired output(s). National Standards Bodies (NSBs) that want to implement ISOSTS (the JATS v0.4 derivative developed by the ISO in 2011) or the recently-released NISO STS (a formalisation of ISOSTS as an ANSI/NISO standard) can author the content in a dedicated XML editor or a Word add-in such as Inera eXtyles. Other inputs are also possible as long as the data is structured.

Outputs: print and digital media

Typefi enables you to publish more content to more formats, more quickly. Several formats are immediately available to standards publishers, and other formats are also possible. Typefi continues to evolve as new formats emerge, allowing you to stay at the forefront of the latest publishing trends.

Press-ready PDF

Professional book and document printers require PDFs containing specific attributes that aren’t present in ordinary PDFs created from Word. A press-ready PDF contains colour profiles, embedded fonts, trim and bleed marks, and high-resolution graphics, all embedded in a particular way so that printing presses can interpret the file to deliver the correct printed output.

Press-ready PDFs tend to be quite large files. As with all print files, press-ready PDFs are a fixed layout format.

Web-optimised PDF

A PDF that is optimised for internet delivery has a small file size and the graphics are set for display at screen resolution (generally much lower than print resolution). It may also contain interactive features such as hyperlinks, bookmarks for navigation, other digital media such as video and audio files, as well as metadata for search optimisation, and accessibility features such as tagging.

Web-optimised PDFs are also a fixed layout format, which means the page layout stays the same when viewed on different devices.

Accessible PDF

An accessible PDF has built-in information that enables individuals with disabilities—such as blindness, low vision, or mobility impairments—to use assistive technology to read, hear, and interact with content.

It contains a hidden structure of tags that identify the content and define its logical reading order. Descriptive (alt) text for images and graphics can be read aloud, ensuring all readers understand the message. A table of contents and corresponding bookmarks allow the user to quickly access the content they need, and metadata is used by search engines to display information about the document, making it easier to determine if this is the document a reader is looking for.

These features exist for accessibility purposes only and do not affect the look or visual integrity of the PDF.

Redline PDF

A redline PDF is generated by comparing two versions of the same standard, which enables the standards organisation to create a value added product that highlights the changes between versions.

ISO uses DeltaXML to compare two XML editions and produce a third XML file that is used by Typefi to generate a redline PDF. Green highlighted content—such as text, graphics, and tables—has been added to the newer edition, while red highlighted content has been removed. In addition, some heading numbers in the table of contents are highlighted in yellow to indicate changes have been made in those sections of the document.


HTML is an open and standardised markup language used for describing web pages. Typefi natively exports HTML that is viewable using any modern browser, including mobile devices.

Content can be exported to either a single HTML file or split at specific points to create multiple HTML files, and images are automatically optimised for online and mobile consumption.


EPUB is a widely supported and vendor-independent e-book format that can be read on various reading devices including Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Google Play Books for Android, and any modern web browser.

EPUB files are primarily reflowable, which means their content is responsive and adapts to various screen sizes, making it the ideal format for distribution to mobile phones, tablets and handheld reading devices.

Some EPUB files may also have accessibility features such as read-aloud content, depending on the device technology. Others will have a fixed layout to better display graphic-heavy e-books; however, this format is currently compatible with just a few reading devices.


DAISY is an XML format designed as an audio substitute for people with print disabilities such as blindness, impaired vision and dyslexia. Typefi can natively export DTBook or DAISY XML.

Enjoy unfailing support all the way.

As an organisation that values integrity, collaboration, and a commitment to “solving the right problem”, the Typefi team will work closely with you to understand your needs, develop and implement your solution, train your Typefi users, and provide ongoing support.

Our Professional Services team members are located around the world to provide a quick response and on-tap expertise, no matter where you are.

Ensure your ISO adoption workflows are always up-to-date

Managed Workflows for Standards is a low-cost, annual Typefi subscription service for National Standards Bodies, that has been designed to keep your ISO adoption workflows current. Enjoy fully managed ISO adoption workflows with twice-yearly updates, and work confidently, knowing that your workflows are regularly optimised and updated to reflect ISO changes.

Special offer for ISO members!

ISO members can take advantage of discount pricing on a Typefi Standards Solution, which offers a range of flexible configuration options and access to ready-made ISO templates—these can be customised to meet your requirements, ranging from change of cover page to a total redesign.

Ready to take the first step towards revolutionising your publishing?

We’ll work with you to understand the publishing challenges you’re facing and determine a solution that best suits your budget and production needs. Simply contact our Business Development team to find out how we can help you DO MORE.