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Presentations from ‘XML for Standards Publishers’

Typefi was proud to sponsor the first ever XML for Standards Publishers symposium, hosted by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) on Monday, 24 April 2017, at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

Standards have traditionally been delivered as PDF documents. However, in a world where standards are increasingly monetised through derivative products, exchanged between partners, and consumed on mobile devices, PDF does not provide the flexibility needed to meet current and future market demands.

XML provides the key to solving all these issues and more!


Slides from several presentations are now available on the NISO website, including:

  • Implementing and Leveraging an XML Workflow: A brief history of publishing at ISO by Laurent Galichet and Serge Juillerat, International Organization for Standardization (ISO);
  • XML for Standards: Options and Opportunities by Tommie Usdin, Mulberry Technologies;
  • NISO STS: An XML Standard for Standards by Rob Wheeler, ASME, and Howard Gilson, ASTM International;
  • Workflow Choices: When and where do I introduce XML? by Bruce Rosenblum, Inera;
  • Incorporating XML into a Standards Environment: False Starts, Successes, and Challenges by Kim Breitfelder, IEEE;
  • Putting Structure Documents to Work by Lesley West, ASTM International;
  • Leveraging XML to Enhance the Semantic Value of Standards by Rupert Hopkins, XSB; and
  • Using XML to Create Accessible Publications by Chandi Perera, Typefi.

Have your say on the draft NISO Standards Tag Suite (STS)!

During the symposium, the NISO STS Working Group announced that the draft version of NISO Z39.102, STS: Standards Tag Suite is now open for public comment until 24 May 2017.

The group has been working for the past 18 months to develop this “standard for standards”, aligned with JATS and designed to promote interoperability and increase options for co-publication and distribution of standards.

To download the proposed standard and/or submit online comments, visit the visit the NISO website and follow the steps described. Additional non-normative documentation and the DTDs are available on the STS project site at

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